What you need to know to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona

Rep. Greg Stanton
4 min readFeb 17, 2021

(Last updated on January 7, 2022) NEW: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has expanded booster shot eligibility for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to those in the U.S. aged 12 to 15. Learn more here.

I’ve heard directly from many Arizonans who shared concerns with our state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Many residents are eager to learn more about where, when and how they can get a shot.

Ensuring every single person in our state has access to the vaccine is critical to ending this pandemic — and that starts with making sure everyone has the most accurate, up-to-date information on vaccinations. Here are answers to some of your most common questions and resources that can help.

Am I eligible for the vaccine?

Anyone 5 years old or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona. Those aged 5 to 17 years old can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, while those 18 years old or older can receive the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.

Am I eligible for a booster shot?

On November 19, 2021 the CDC expanded booster shot eligibility for anyone in the adults 18 and older who received the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Then, on January 5, 2022 the CDC expanded booster shot eligibility for the Pfizer vaccine to anyone 12 and older.

The CDC recommends children ages 12–17 receive the Pfizer booster shot five months after their second dose of Pfizer, and recommends those 18 and older receive either the Pfizer or Moderna booster shot five months after their second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

It also recommends that those 18 or older who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine get a Pfizer or Moderna booster at least two months after your first dose.

Learn more and find answers to frequently asked questions from the CDC here and from the Arizona Department of Health Services here.

Where can I get the vaccine?

You can get a vaccine at a number of county-run sites or through your local pharmacy or community health clinic, which you can find through interactive maps provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You can also find same-day appointments directly through nearly every major grocery chain and pharmacy in Arizona, including CVS, Walgreens, Sam’s Club Walmart, Fry’s, Safeway and Albertson’s, Costco, Bashas’ and Food City.

If you’re a parent looking for a pediatric office that offers the low-dose Pfizer vaccine for your child aged 5–11, you can find a complete list of those offices in Maricopa county here or use the AZDHS map linked above and search for an office closest to you.

You can also text your ZIP code to 438829 and receive information within seconds on the three closest sites near you.

After your first vaccine dose, you will receive a card that confirms your vaccination and you should expect to be scheduled for your second dose shortly after your shot. If your second dose isn’t scheduled at that time, you should expect an email or call within a few days to set up your second dose appointment.

If you do not receive any follow-up, call the ADHS COVID-19 Hotline at 1–844–542–8201 or contact your vaccine provider.

I am having trouble making an appointment, technical issues or need more information. Who can help me?

For help booking an appointment through the ADHS Patient Portal, call its COVID-19 vaccine navigation line at (480) 573–0332 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For technical support with ADHS’ vaccine patient portal, call (602) 542–1000 and for general information, call the Arizona COVID-19 hotline at 1-(844) 542–8201. If you are experiencing long hold times with the state hotline, we encourage you to consult its technical issue guide.

Here is a list of every county health department website:

Apache County

Cochise County

Coconino County

Gila County

Graham County

Greenlee County

La Paz County

Maricopa County

Mohave County

Navajo County

Pima County

Pinal County

Santa Cruz County

Yavapai County

Yuma County

Every Arizonan, regardless of insurance or citizenship status, will be able to get the vaccine at no cost. I’ll continue to work every day to make sure our state gets the resources it needs to keep our communities safe and healthy.

To find more information about COVID-19 and the state and federal resources available to you, please use my office’s Community Resource Guide or visit the COVID-19 information page on my website.