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Mohave County vaccine allocations grow

Mohave County will receive an allotment of 8,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and 1,700 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week, county health officials announced. (Adobe image)

Mohave County will receive an allotment of 8,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, and 1,700 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine this week, county health officials announced. (Adobe image)

KINGMAN – Mohave County will receive 8,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week, plus 1,700 doses of the newly approved Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The deliveries are expected to arrive by Wednesday, county health officials wrote in a news release.

County Public Health Director Denise Burley said a scarcity of vaccine still remains, and the demand remains high, making appointments difficult to obtain.

“We believe the higher allocations, addition of vaccination events, and the continued improved efficiency of our skilled providers are positive steps in the right direction,” Burley said in the release. “Additionally, recent and upcoming planned vaccination events in the county are also going to be extremely beneficial.”

Among others, Burley is referring to a successful Mohave County and Safeway vaccination event that was held on Wednesday, March 3 in Bullhead City, in which 320 second doses and 180 first doses were delivered.

Also, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10 the county will team up with Safeway at the Mohave County Fairgrounds in Kingman. This is a second-dose event for individuals who received their first dose at the Feb. 10 fairgrounds vaccination event. A similar event for first doses is being planned for Lake Havasu City in the near future.

The county wrote that the allocation process to distribute the Johnson and Johnson vaccine will follow the same model as used for the Moderna vaccine.

Due to the very limited allocation of Johnson and Johnson vaccine, not all providers will receive that vaccine this week, the county cautioned.

“Recipients may have a choice between the two; however, the MCDPH recommends taking the first available option,” the county wrote.

If an individual has questions regarding the vaccine, they should consult their provider. Both available vaccines have proven to be highly effective in preventing severe cases, hospitalizations and death from COVID-19, the news release noted.

Burley said that as of Friday, March 5 88.6% of the vaccine that has arrived in Mohave County from the state has been successfully administered. For many weeks, the county received only 3,000 doses per week from the state. The upcoming week is the second in a row that 8,000 doses of Moderna were allocated, and will be the first time Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine will be administered.

Mohave County continues limiting eligibility for the vaccine to all individuals in the 1A category and those in the 1B sub-categories of protective services occupations, persons age 65 and older, and educators and childcare workers.

“These restrictions are necessary at this time due to the high demand for the vaccine in the 65 and older group, and the scarcity of the vaccine itself,” the county wrote.

For the Mohave County Department of Public Health’s vaccine provider list and contact information, visit https://bit.ly/39gxPYJ. For help making an appointment, call the county hotline at 928-753-8665 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

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