Snowbirds Flock in Arizona

Jasjot Singh

Snowbirds are making their way along the main street of Arizona’s Main Street in a utility terrain vehicle in Quartzsite, Arizona. The desert town has been seeing an influx of residents in the winter season for months and many are getting the shot of the vaccine, causing concerns related to its supply among locals. John Lane, a 68-year-old full-time resident of Quartzsite, Ariz cannot wait for the snowbirds to leave town for this year. The seasonal visitors flock south and west each in winter while searching for warm weather-wide open spaces. They visit south and west during the winter season in their RV’s and camper vans, as they quadruple the population of the desert town of Arizona.

Snowbirds Flock South During Winters

Snowbirds are usually warmly as they fill their ample free time, and help to boost the local economy, while they zip around the town in golf carts to take in the gem shows, dine in the restaurants, or patronize the shuffleboard courts. But many part-time visitors have focused on a more high stake amid the pandemic while seeking out dozes of Coronavirus. John said that the visitors have been taking away the vaccines from the locals of Arizona. John works full time at Family Dollar and he said that he has been struggling to find the time for maneuvering the website of the counter for booking an appointment. He also added that when he tries to make an appointment through a phone call, he is often placed on hold for many hours.

John has heart-related problems and is still waiting to get the shot of the COVID-19 vaccine. A mile away from the store, Janet Cron spent her recent afternoon while reclining in shorts being on her back patio at 88 Shades RV Park. While doing this, she looked up at the bright blue sky and smiled up. On that day, the temperature in Quartzsite was 75 degrees, whereas it was 19 degrees in her hometown of Flaxton M.D., where Janet owns a soy farm. For the last 4 years, Janet has been spending each winter in that community, which is a short drive from the border of California and swells up to more than 15,000 people from October to March. Janet, who is 76 years old said that she would be here anyway, with or without the pandemic.

And thus it only made sense, as she said that she would get the shot of Moderna vaccine, which is available where she is presently residing. She said that as soon as she got the chance of getting the vaccine, she took it. As the rollout of COVID vaccines all over the country has entered its third full month, states and local jurisdictions are continuing to scramble for the available doses of vaccine to protect against the virus that has already resulted in the death of more than 524,000 people in America. With states and Counties who are having to adopt individual approaches, and therefore, confusion and anger have ensued over who would get the earliest doses of vaccine.

Arizona’s Vaccine Distribution on Work

In Arizona State, all the people who are 55 years old or more than that are currently eligible for getting the shot of vaccine. Moreover, the people who come under this category do not have to be permanent residents of Arizona. This is because most County websites note out that temporary residents, even those who are from Canada, are eligible to take the vaccine. This has led to rising in concern of the locals. John said that the temporary residents are taking away the COVID-19 vaccines from the locals of Arizona. The logistical quandary of the two doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines needs to be refrigerated. The latter is extremely cold conditions have resulted in complications of shipping and its storage in remote areas. The latest approved single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which demands proper refrigeration, must help to speed up the process of vaccination.

However, for now, the scarcity debate is continuing to weigh heavily in some places like Quartzsite. The questions are arising such as should essential workers be prioritized, or should the doses of vaccine be doled out strictly by age? Other questions are should a person live in the state so that they can get the vaccine there, and what if a person only lives part-time there, and if so, how many months are enough? In states such as Arizona and Florida, where a huge number of snowbirds decamp every winter, officials have been toggling between the interest of locals who voted for them in the office or those who are seasonal residents or who bolster the economy and eventually might become permanent residents and voters.

What More You Must Know

In January, under an order that was signed by Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, thousands of people from out of the state who were 65 years old or more than that were getting the shot of vaccine. Before long, reports of the Canadians who were traveling to the state, specifically for getting their shots led the officials of Arizona to shift to a full-time or seasonal residency requirement. Presently, the officials are only allowing those who can prove year-round or seasonal residency with either a lease or driver’s license, to get vaccinated in Florida where the population increases by 5% during the winter season.

The governor of Arizona state, Doug Ducey asked while taking a different tack in January the Biden administration and members of Congress party for an additional 300,000 doses for vaccinating the winter visitors. Governor Doug said in a news channel that they have got a lot of people who come to Arizona, where the present temperature is 68 degrees, and people usually migrate to Arizona from cold-weather states.

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