“I actually have tried to make it a precedence to get this vaccine, however I solely have a lot power at this level.”
PHOENIX — The day earlier than Christmas, Arizona’s Division of Public Well being reported greater than 7,000 new circumstances of COVID-19 and 115 deaths. Hospitals proceed to see new circumstances flood hospitals. As of Thursday, solely 132 ICU beds stay open statewide.
For a lot of healthcare staff on the frontline of the pandemic, this vacation’s prized present is receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, however a few of them are having bother scheduling an appointment despite the fact that there are openings.
“I actually have tried to make it a precedence to get this vaccine, however I solely have a lot power at this level,” stated Valley ER vital care nurse Nicole Ok.
The veteran nurse is exhausted. Nicole is from California and works as a touring nurse, which introduced her to Arizona. For months she has been on the frontlines, seeing affected person after affected person battle to seize their final breath.
“It’s heartbreaking to see so many individuals so sick,” stated Nicole.
She views the vaccine as a beacon of hope and shortly accomplished her pre-screen course of by means of Maricopa County, however her hope shortly changed into despair after she couldn’t schedule an appointment by means of the county’s system.
“It repeatedly kicks you out and says there’s no appointments obtainable,” she stated. “County Well being stated they’re simply overwhelmed and that we’re all in the identical boat. I stated we aren’t in the identical boat. I work each single day with COVID sufferers, we aren’t in the identical boat.”
In keeping with Maricopa county well being officers, eligible healthcare staff assigned to 2 of the 5 dishing out websites couldn’t join as a result of system’s lack of ability to hyperlink their names with the situation. Different’s having bother as a result of the system couldn’t confirm their eligibility due to the e-mail tackle on file.
In a press release to 12 Information, ADHS stated:
“ADHS designed the vaccine administration system in collaboration with counties to attach eligible people with appointments close to them. Counties present inputs on areas and obtainable appointments and direct eligible people to the system to make appointments. We’re conscious of some seeing out-of-town choices fairly than or along with the supposed vaccination areas within the Phoenix metro space. We’re working with Maricopa County to resolve the difficulty, which stems from how eligible people and areas are entered within the system. In some circumstances, occasions in different counties might have earlier dates than obtainable appointments on the supposed vaccination location in Maricopa County that healthcare suppliers are opting to pick out.
We additionally perceive it is a new system, and our purpose is to make it as simple as doable for eligible people to schedule appointments and assist individuals get their questions answered. Due to that, we’ve a affected person portal consumer information posted on our website and employees a assist line staffed from 8-5 weekdays at 602-542-1000.”
As of Thursday, greater than 12,000 individuals have obtained the vaccine in Maricopa County.
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