Arizona seniors express frustration, defeat trying to get COVID-19 vaccinations

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By Jamie Landers | Arizona Republic

Mesa resident Don Reville, 85, has a condition that causes frequent breathing issues. His partner, who is 84, has diabetes. If either were to catch COVID-19, Reville fears they wouldn’t make it. 

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Although he and his partner are eligible to receive vaccines, they don’t have internet, so Reville “hides at home” and waits — waits for “the state to come up with something else, or death — whichever comes firsts,” he said. 

The state is in Phase 1B of its COVID-19 vaccination plan, which prioritizes K-12 school staff and child care workers; law enforcement officers, corrections officers and other protective service employees; and adults 65 and older like Reville and his partner.

Even if Reville had internet, he said neither of them knows how to use a computer. As of Feb. 5, the Arizona Department of Health Services directs those wishing to sign up for an appointment to the website, and gives a hotline for those experiencing technical issues, 1-844-542-8201. 

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