General Vaccine Questions

COVID-19 vaccinations are available at many locations around Maricopa County and the State. For vaccine information in your area, see the Arizona Department of Health Services Find Vaccines website or visit

We recommend you speak with your physician about specific vaccination risks and benefits. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also lists Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination.

Yes. While vaccines are an important tool in managing the pandemic, we must all continue to adhere to safety measures until we achieve herd immunity. This includes:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth when around others
  • Practice physical distancing — stay at least 6 feet from others
  • Avoid crowds
  • Avoid indoor spaces with poor ventilation
  • Wash your hands often

This will help protect others who have not yet been vaccinated and those at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. It will also help speed up the process of returning to our normal activities.

Herd or community immunity occurs when enough people in a community are protected from a disease because they have either been vaccinated against or recovered from it. The CDC are studying what percentage of the population needs to be vaccinated to stop COVID-19 from spreading.

If an employee has an adverse reaction to the vaccine, they are eligible to take up to two days of Emergency Paid Sick Leave. This leave request must be submitted via email to the Leaves Department at There is no action employees need to take in HCM. 

No, it is not retroactive. The up to two days of leave granted for adverse reactions is effective as of November 8, 2021. 

Yes COVID-19 reporting will continue. 

No, the process and quarantine requirements will not change.

Yes, all safety protocols will remain in place. The guidance around the Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate requires that face coverings and social distancing be maintained.