ABC15 is learning from two members of the Maricopa County Prioritization Advisory Committee (MC-VPAC) that long-term care facilities are most likely to begin vaccinations closer to the end of the month.
This is based on the estimates of what the initial supply of the Pfizer vaccine will look like when it arrives in the state next week.
That initial allocation is expected to now be focused on frontline healthcare workers and EMS first-responders only.
The Committee hopes the second round of vaccines, which is expected before the end of the year, will also include the Moderna vaccine. They're hoping for a vaccine with less stringent storage requirements and one they see as easier to transport and administer at long-term care facilities.
On Friday, the head of the U.S. Health and Human Services said that Americans could begin receiving Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine by 'Monday or Tuesday.'