Graphic by Denzel Boyd/The Copper Courier
Graphic by Denzel Boyd/The Copper Courier

Vaccines are being offered at no cost to everyone in Arizona, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.

Maricopa County has partnered with the state’s 2-1-1 hotline to set up assistance for Spanish-speaking Arizonans that need assistance booking an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The hotline is offered through the Promotores program in partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona’s 2-1-1 hotline, which operates 24/7 to connect individuals and families with resources like food, shelter and emergency, and disaster relief.

Individuals needing assistance can dial 2-1-1 then 2-7-1 to book vaccine appointments for themselves or for a relative, friend, co-worker or neighbor. 

As of Wednesday, only 9% of vaccinated Maricopa County residents were Latino, less than a third of the county’s overall Latino population, according to county data. Nearly 1.5 million Maricopa County residents, or more than 40% of adults in Maricopa County, have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Promotores program received 1,160 calls and booked 648 vaccine appointments during its first ten days of operation, according to a county press release.

“This hotline is a much-needed resource in our community,” Maricopa County’s public health director Marcy Flanagan said. “The ability for people to call one number to access a live, Spanish-speaking operator who can assist with vaccine appointments is vital to ensuring equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine.”

Anyone over the age of 16 is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona. Currently, only the Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals 16 and older. 

Vaccines are being offered at no cost to everyone in Arizona, regardless of health insurance or immigration status.

For more information on where to find vaccines, visit the county’s Public Health’s Spanish social media channels at Facebook.com/SaludPublicaMaricopa or twitter.com/SaludMaricopa.