Essential workers next up for vaccine

- David Bell Graph/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — The Graham County Health Department announced Monday that COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be available for essential workers.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, essential workers are defined as, “workers who keep our communities operating and ensure we have the things we need for everyday life such as power, water, food, transportation or critical services. Workers in educational settings and protective service occupations,” are also considered essential.

The Graham County Health Department said it will not be taking individual appoints for the vaccine; rather it will ask the employers of essential workers to register a vaccination plan for the employees. Clinics will not be publicized and it’s expected to take about 45 days to vaccinate the area’s essential workers.

Essential workers are the last group in the first phase to receive the vaccine. Phase 1 includes health-care workers, educators, first responders and those 65 and older.

The Health Department also reported 15 cases occurred over the past three days. Details were not immediately made available about the cases Saturday and Sunday; however, the single case Monday was in the 85543 Zip Code.

There have been 101 new cases in February thus far and 5,218 in Graham County since the start of the pandemic.

Greenlee County

Greenlee County Health Department reported just one new case over the weekend.

That brings the total number of new cases in February thus far to 21, and 547 since the start of the pandemic.