Arizona has administered more than 5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since December, with nearly 3 million individuals having received at least one dose and 2.27 million now fully vaccinated, Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced today.
“Arizona is in a much different place than it was just months ago thanks to the many people who have rolled up their sleeves and gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, but there is still a great deal of hard work ahead,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “It’s up to all of us to continue promoting vaccination as a path back to normalcy for everyone and a way to protect our most vulnerable.”
As of this morning, 5,017,395 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 2,925,913 individuals, including 2,272,501 who are now fully vaccinated. More than half of those age 16 and older have received at least one dose, while better than one out of three have been fully vaccinated.
“More and more, getting these safe, effective, and free vaccines is simply a matter of going online or picking up the phone to make an appointment,” said ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ. “Our highly efficient state sites, which to date have administered nearly 1.5 million doses, complement efforts by counties, pharmacies, and others to get vaccine into the community rapidly and equitably.”
As the vaccine begins to meet demand, ADHS, counties, and federal partners continue expanding availability:
- Starting next week, ADHS is enabling eligible doctors’ offices and other neighborhood providers to order the Moderna vaccine directly from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) without needing an allocation from a county health department. More than 100,000 are expected to be available for direct ordering during the first week.
- Seven state-run vaccination sites in the greater Phoenix area, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff are now guaranteeing vaccination to walk-in patients during operating hours, though appointments are still encouraged for faster visits.
- ADHS has expanded targeted outreach for hardly reached communities into areas of south and southwest Phoenix as well as Yuma County.
- An increasing number of pharmacies are receiving vaccine through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, with over 1.3 million doses allocated to date across Arizona.
- Counties are supporting vaccination programs through pop-up clinics in neighborhoods and through employers. In just two examples, Pima County is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer mobile vaccination units to high-risk populations, while counties have arranged clinics for underserved areas and migrant farm workers.
At 11 a.m. every Friday, ADHS makes appointments available at state-run sites of the following week, and additional appointments are added daily due to no-shows and other reasons. Registration for these and many other sites is available at podvaccine.azdhs.gov or by calling 844-542-8201 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week. Both resources offer assistance in English and Spanish.
Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona, including pharmacies, federally qualified health centers, and other locations, can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine, To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination, please visit azdhs.gov/COVID19Vaccines.