Arizona to launch a COVID-19 vaccine site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Arizona to launch a COVID-19 vaccine site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium
COVID-19 in Arizona (Source: Cronkite News)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The growing success of the 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site in Glendale is causing Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to announce the launch of a second state vaccination.

In a news release, officials said all appointments at the state’s vaccination site at State Farm Stadium for January have been filled. Ducey calling the stadium a game-changer.

“This week has demonstrated Arizonans are ready for the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re going to do our part to make sure they get it,” Ducey said. “I’ve said that vaccines do no one any good sitting in a freezer, and I’m grateful to the team at the Arizona Department of Health Services and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs who have worked tirelessly to ramp up distribution.”

On Tuesday, January 19 at 9 a.m., health officials say registration for appointments in February at the Glendale site will open.

The new vaccination site will open on Feb. 1 at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium in the East Valley. Appointments for the new location will also begin on Tuesday, Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.

The State Farm Stadium site will continue to operate at full capacity through the end of January providing the first of two doses of the Pfizer vaccine. Beginning in February, the State Farm Stadium site will begin offering second dose appointments in addition to the site’s current capacity for first doses.

According to the news release, Arizona has activated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Retail Pharmacy Program which will add up to 100 pharmacy stores providing vaccine over the next few weeks. When the program is fully activated, more than 800 pharmacies will have the COVID-19 vaccine available In Arizona.

The Phoenix Municipal Stadium is opening in partnership with Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. This site will be open during daytime hours and the number of appointments available at the site will depend on the number of vaccine doses available at that time.

“This is positive, encouraging news as we scale up our vaccination capacity in Arizona,” said ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ. “It’s clear that Arizonans are excited about the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We’re working around the clock to meet that demand. As the federal government ships more vaccine doses to Arizona, we will have more vaccine sites and appointments available soon.”

Groups prioritized to date include frontline healthcare workers, emergency services workers, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities (in Phase 1A): and protective services workers, educators and childcare workers, and adults 75 and older (prioritized Phase 1B).

As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, an estimated 750,000 additional Arizonans 65 and older will be able to register for a vaccination appointment in counties that are in prioritized Phase 1B. Each county’s current vaccine phase is listed on our website, which is updated daily.

Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 to be connected with someone who can assist.

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