COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility


Anyone 12 and over is eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona.

People ages 12-17 who would like to get vaccinated must

  • Receive Pfizer vaccine (the only vaccine authorized by the FDA for 12 to 17-year-old people)
  • Have a consent form signed by a parent
  • Some sites may require a parent/guardian accompany the minor person to their vaccine appointment

People age 18 and older can receive the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccines.  

Vaccine Appointments and Events 

Vaccine appointments are now available through large vaccine sites, pharmacies, and other providers across Maricopa County. There is still limited vaccine supply, so if you do not find an appointment right away, please check back regularly.

Proof of Eligibility

When registering for your appointment, you may be asked a few questions to determine your eligibility and to provide insurance information, if available.  While you will not be charged anything to receive the vaccine, this allows the vaccinator to bill your insurance for their administration fee.  If you do not have insurance, you can still make an appointment and will be charged nothing.

At your appointment, you may be asked to provide appropriate identification for proof of eligibility. This may include ID that shows your age or a form of ID confirming your employment, such as a work ID or paystub. Check with the provider or vaccination site about what is needed to bring to your appointment.

Pop-Up Events

Small events are also being held to bring vaccine to people in higher-risk communities, such as:

  • Areas with lower vaccination rates
  • Areas with more high-risk individuals 
  • Frontline essential workers with higher risk of job-related exposure
  • Low-income housing where residents have transportation barriers

These "pop-up" events are promoted directly with people who are eligible for those events. If you are a frontline essential worker (see list below), check with your employer about vaccine events for your worksite before scheduling an appointment elsewhere. 

If there are appointment slots left over, they are made available publicly. Sign up to be notified of available appointments at vaccine events.

Are you with an organization interested in hosting an event? Let us know.

Learn More About COVID-19 Vaccines

Many people have questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, like what the differences are between vaccines, how we know they are safe, and more. 

See facts and FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines

Congregate Settings and Frontline Essential Workers

Frontline essential workers who have higher risk of COVID-19 exposure due to their jobs and those living in congregate settings are groups prioritized for vaccination. 

MCDPH is actively working with public and private employers, industry associations, local government, community-based organizations, and others to provide vaccination access opportunities to these populations. Frontline workers may have employment-specific vaccine events available to them, so if you work in one of these roles, please contact your employer before registering for a public event.

All frontline, high-risk healthcare and EMS workers who have direct contact with patients, including those conducting COVID-19 tests, handling COVID-19 specimens and COVID-19 vaccinations. This includes individuals providing patient care in settings such as:

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Emergency medical services
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Home health care
  • Pharmacies
  • Public health
  • Education (e.g., school nurses and healthcare personnel)

Major pharmacies will vaccinate long-term care staff and residents through a federal program. Facilities that are not part of the pharmacy program can contact MCDPH to request alternative support for vaccinating staff and residents. See more information on our Providers page.

  • Shelters (Homeless, Domestic Violence)
  • Jails
  • Overnight treatment Facilities

Funeral home workers are eligible as frontline essential workers and/or as healthcare workers, depending on their role. Funeral home workers who cannot telework are eligible to get vaccinated.

If you are a university, community college or higher education entity that has the ability to vaccinate your eligible faculty/staff, you can request vaccine through this form.

As more vaccine becomes available, you will be able to expand vaccination efforts on your campus. We ask eligible staff/faculty at these institutions to check with your employers first about vaccination events that may be planned. If you are unable to receive a vaccine through your institution, you can locate a vaccine event at a state-operated vaccination site (PODs) using the ADHS Vaccine Finder.

Staff from licensed or unlicensed childcare facilities, including home-based child care (I.e., providing care for 5 or more children who do not live with you), are eligible for vaccination.
More information on vaccination opportunities for Childcare Workers

  • Law enforcement/protective services
  • Emergency and other relief services
  • Police protection
  • Fire protection
  • Other justice, public order, and safety activities including PSAP responders (e.g., 911 dispatch)

Corrections officers eligible for vaccination include all sworn officers and government-employed security officers. Other eligible groups are:

  • Jail officers
  • Juvenile facility staff
  • Workers providing in-person support

Workers in these categories eligible for vaccination should meet the ACIP definition for "frontline essential worker”:

Frontline essential workers are defined by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) as: essential workers at highest risk for work-related exposure due to required work-related duties performed onsite, and that involve being in close proximity (less than 6 feet) to members of the public or coworkers.

The list categorizes workers based on the industry (type of business) in which they work, not based on their occupation (a person’s specific job).  Please check with your employer if you are unsure about your eligibility status.

  • Food and agriculture
    • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
    • Food manufacturing
    • Community food banks
    • Beverage manufacturing
    • Nursery, garden center, and farm supply stores
    • Veterinary services
    • Restaurants*
  • Grocery store workers
    • Food and beverage stores, convenience stores, carnicerias
    • General merchandise stores, including warehouse clubs and supercenters
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • State and local government workers (per ADHS prioritization)
  • Public transit
    • Urban transit systems
    • Interurban and rural bus transportation
    • School and employee bus transportation
    • Special needs transportation
    • Taxi drivers, rideshare drivers*
  • Manufacturing
    • Paper Manufacturing
    • Petroleum Refineries
    • Asphalt Paving, Roofing, and Saturated Materials
    • Other Petroleum and Coal Products
    • Plastics and Rubber Product
    • Nonmetallic Mineral Product
    • Primary Metal
    • Fabricated Metal Product
    • Computer and Electronic Product
    • Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component
    • Transportation Equipment
    • Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop
    • Medical Equipment and Supplies
    • Industrial Design Services
    • Other Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
    • Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance
    • Wood Product
    • Chemical Manufacturing
    • Industrial Machinery

Employers interested in vaccine allocation can fill out a request through this ADHS form

*Groups that have been added to ACIP’s list by Maricopa County due to their increased risk of exposure at the workplace

Still Have Questions?

If you have questions, please submit your question here or call us at 602-506-6767.

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