Nearly 4,000 people had been vaccinated by 6 p.m. on the first day of operations at the state’s first 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. This 24-hour period includes a soft launch and ramp-up.
“I’m pleased and grateful to see the enthusiastic response not just from our volunteers and staff but from those who are able to use this medical facility to get vaccinated,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.
As a medical doctor, Dr. Christ spent almost three hours administering the vaccine early today.
The site, which ADHS launched in partnership with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona, and the Arizona Cardinals, began serving those with appointments at 12:01 a.m. The patients include healthcare workers, first responders, teachers, law enforcement officers, Arizonans over age 75, and others at the top of the priority list for vaccine distribution.
With the facility scaling up operations, today’s capacity is delivering 200 doses an hour, or 4,800 in the first 24 hours.
All appointments have been booked through Tuesday, Jan. 19, but times are available beyond that date. In all, over 81,000 people have booked appointments.
Registration is available for the vaccination site at State Farm Stadium and several other sites throughout the state at podvaccine.azdhs.gov/. 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. Pro tip: You can use the patient portal at podvaccine.azdhs.gov to make an appointment for a relative in a prioritized group, such as someone 75 and older.
In addition, individuals creating an account on podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ can schedule an appointment on behalf of relatives or dependents through that account, which is recommended for those with older family members or family without access to a computer. Those scheduled for vaccination will need to show identification upon arrival to the vaccination site demonstrating they qualify for phases 1A or priority 1B.
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has established the site in part thanks to a $1 million grant from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation. More than 300 volunteers with Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona will provide 24/7 staffing, while the Arizona Cardinals have provided the facility, tents, technical assistance, and other critical support.
ADHS has contracted with Walgreens to provide pharmacy support and ASU to provide logistical support and additional staffing, supplies, and resources.
For more information on COVID-19 vaccination, please visit azhealth.gov/COVID19vaccine. For more information about how to schedule an appointment through https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/, including how to schedule an appointment for a family member, please visit azhealth.gov/patientportalguide.