Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced yesterday that Arizona will open a 24/7 vaccination site Monday, Jan. 11, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, to dramatically expand the availability of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
According to a press release, the opening of the site is made possible in part thanks to a $1 million grant from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation and with support from the Arizona Cardinals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.
“Our new vaccine site in Glendale will rapidly expand the number of Arizonans getting vaccinated,” Governor Ducey said. “We need to get these vaccine doses out of freezers and into the arms of Arizonans who want it, and our new site will speed up that process.”
ADHS is establishing the site to vaccinate thousands more individuals each day as Maricopa County moves into Phase 1B of vaccine distribution. The start of that phase prioritizes protective service workers, teachers and K-12 school staff, childcare workers and those age 75 and older.
The State Farm Stadium site will open the afternoon of Monday, Jan. 11, for law enforcement and other protective service workers, and appointments for others in Phase 1B and Phase 1A will be available starting Tuesday, Jan. 12. Registration information for the site will be posted Monday morning at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.
The Governor’s December 30 Executive Order enables ADHS to reallocate vaccine doses to facilitate its rapid distribution and administration.
Arizona officials say that the State Farm Stadium vaccination site complements the efforts of counties, who are local allocators of vaccine as the boots on the ground for public health in the state. When Maricopa County moves to Phase 1B next week, those prioritized for vaccine will be able to register for appointments at other county sites listed at azhealth.gov/findvaccine, which lists each county’s phase and has local links to register for vaccination.
As of Friday, Jan. 8, the state says that 123,862 Arizonans had received the COVID-19 vaccine, with 2,127 fully vaccinated with both doses so far. The state has more than 180 vaccination sites, and that number is expanding steadily. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program has conducted vaccination visits at nearly 80 skilled nursing facilities with dozens more scheduled through the end of the month.