Dignity Health in Arizona administered its 100,000 dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Feb. 6 at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, according to a news release from Dignity Health. The site is the first of all the Maricopa County COVID-19 vaccine locations to reach this milestone, according to Dignity Health.

“Dignity Health is proud to be part of largest vaccination roll-out in our nation’s history,” said Heather James, the director of nursing and quality management for the Dignity Health Medical Group and chief logistics officer of the COVID-19 vaccination point of dispensing. “Today’s milestone brings us one step closer to controlling the spread of the virus.”

The 100,000th dose was given to Kerry Gerle, who was surprised and presented with balloons and confetti upon arriving to be vaccinated and learning she would be a special part of the milestone celebration, according to the release.

“I am so excited to be able to make a difference for myself and community and help change the trajectory of COVID-19 in Arizona,” said Gerle, a nurse and nursing professor who helped coordinate the vaccine response during the H1N1 pandemic.

The county’s vaccination site is managed by Dignity Health. According to Dignity Health, it has administered 13% of the total COVID-19 vaccines given in Arizona and 21% in Maricopa County. The site is equipped to administer up to 4,000 doses per 10-hour shift, according to the news release.


Statewide vaccination update

As of Feb. 7, more than 860,000 vaccines have been administered across Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Of those vaccines, 356,507 have been administered in the state's most populous county—Maricopa County. In Arizona, 684,041 people have received a partial dose and still require their second inoculation, according to the ADHS.