More than 44% of people 75 and older have received at least one vaccine dose, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, allowing the county to expand vaccine eligibility to adults 65 and older beginning Feb. 15.

This decision is in alignment with the federal pharmacy vaccine program scheduled to begin later this week, which will bring vaccines to 182 pharmacies in Maricopa County, according to information from the county.

“The data shows that our decision to provide older adults a little extra time to access vaccine has proven successful, and the timing is now right to invite our residents 65 and older to step up and get vaccinated,” said Marcy Flanagan, director of Maricopa County Department of Public Health, in a news release.

MCDPH estimates there are nearly 400,000 adults ages 65-74 eligible for the vaccine in Maricopa County, according to the release.

The county also launched a new vaccine data dashboard, which as of Feb. 11, shows that about 12% of Maricopa County residents have been vaccinated with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. More than 120,000 Maricopa County residents have been fully vaccinated with two doses of vaccine, according to the county.

According to the news release, MCDPH is focused on ensuring equitable access to the vaccine.

Efforts include:

  • setting up five regional drive-thru sites across the county, then adding a sixth, more centrally located site close to public transit with a walk-through option for those who do not have their own vehicles;

  • allocating vaccine doses to pharmacies across the county so people can get their shots at locations near them where they may get care or medications already; and

  • launching neighborhood pop-up vaccination events. These short-term events are intended to bridge gaps in accessibility that will bring vaccines to where people who are eligible and need vaccines are, such as more rural parts of the county or where there are high numbers of people who are eligible