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Chancellor's Update: Vaccines Update, Jan. 13, 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Many of you may have seen the story about the University of Arizona becoming a vaccination site.  For the past two days we have been in communication with both Pima County, which is managing distribution of the vaccine based on state guidelines, and UArizona.

Plans are still coming together for how Pima Community College employees will be accommodated. As you can imagine, this is a fluid situation as all of the partners come together.  Our first goal, as previously stated, is to ensure that faculty and staff who are currently on campus have access to the vaccine as quickly as possible. Of course, our larger goal is for every College employee to have access to the vaccine soon.

Also, yesterday, Pima County reported its larger vaccination plan, where they expect to ramp up to vaccinating 12,000 people a day. There are more details here. The  priority will be people over age 75.  The County is still completing vaccinations for people in the 1A priority group, which is largely healthcare providers. County officials are still working on the registration systems and testing them, and haven't yet said when people can sign up.  Details about the priority lists and registration information is on the county’s website.

Some of you have asked about students.  While students are not specifically included in the 1B priority, many, because of their age or employment, may fall into other categories included in 1B, and we certainly would encourage them to be vaccinated. We are developing communications plans for students to help them find access to vaccination options.

As we know more details about PCC-specific opportunities and about general opportunities, we will keep you updated.

Lee D. Lambert

Chancellor

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