Over 10,000 people have now been fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus in La Paz County.
It is hard to estimate the precise rate of vaccination for the county, considering that many of the county’s doses were administered to part-time residents and temporary visitors.
But we know that 8,423 people have received both doses of the vaccine within the county with the exception of doses administered by Indian Health Services (IHS), and IHS tells Parker Live it has administered 3,202 doses, which implies an estimated 1,585 more people fully vaccinated*. This is a rough estimated total of 10,008 fully vaccinated people, many of whom are not among the roughly 21,000 permanent residents of the county.
The rate of vaccination for the United States as a nation is 48.5 percent, around 159 million people. The rate of vaccination for Arizona as a state is 44.1 percent, around 3.21 million of the state’s 7.29 million people.
In recent weeks, the La Paz County Health Department noted an uptick in new cases of COVID-19. But, as a potential sign of progress made in the pandemic, the most recent deaths in connection with the virus were reported over two months ago, on May 12th. This marks the first two-month period without a death since the beginning of the pandemic. 80 people in total have died from complications of the virus.
The Delta variant is spreading rapidly in Arizona, according to authorities, and already accounts for one in every five new cases of COVID-19. It is over 225 percent more transmissible than the original strain of the virus, according to one study, and according to another, people infected with the Delta variant had 1,000 times more copies of the virus in their lungs than those with the original strain.
But the good news is that all the major vaccines available are effective against the Delta variant. Most fully-vaccinated people who are infected with any variant of COVID-19, including the Delta variant, will have mild enough symptoms that they will not need to be hospitalized, according to public data. Those are who not vaccinated are at much higher risk of serious illness, long-lasting health complications and death.
La Paz County Health Department is administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine and the two-dose Moderna vaccine on the below schedule.
La Paz County Health Department: Every Wednesday 10am – 4:30pm
Ehrenberg Fire Department: First Wednesday of the month 9:30am – 11am
Quartzsite Fire Department: First Wednesday of the month 1pm – 2:30pm
Salome Centennial Center: First Thursday of the month 9:30am – 11am
* Parker Live estimated this number based on the percentage of the county’s fully vaccinated / total doses and applying that to the number of doses IHS administered.