ADHS: Appointments no longer required at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced April 27 that appointments are no longer required at the state's COVID-19 vaccination sites.

"With plenty of capacity currently available at state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is encouraging people to visit any time during operating hours, if that’s their preference, to get their COVID-19 vaccine," read a news release from ADHS April 27. "However, making an appointment is still the best way to complete your vaccination appointment as quickly as possible."

Locations and hours of state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites in the Valley, Tucson, Yuma, and Flagstaff are available at azdhs.gov/FindVaccine. This website also lists the growing number of other locations offering vaccinations, including pharmacies and federally qualified health centers. State sites will continue operating in the coming weeks, and an increasing supply of vaccines will allow a greater shift to locations further into communities, including pop-up clinics in neighborhood locations and clinics hosted by empleyers, according to the release.

“The appointment numbers clearly suggest that we’ve accommodated a large share of Arizonans who are able to schedule appointments well in advance,” said ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ in the news release. “State-run sites continue to vaccinate many thousands every day, and there is now room for those who simply want to walk in at their convenience.”

According to ADHS, a person can still register for an appointment at the state-run sites to reduce registration time once at the location. Many state-run sites currently have same-day appointments available.


“When demand for vaccination outpaced supply, requiring appointments was absolutely necessary at state-run sites,” Christ said in the release. “As we move into the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination, with supply meeting and even exceeding the current demand, we don’t want making an appointment to be a barrier to getting vaccinated. So please feel free to drop by.”

As of April 27, 4,888,954 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Arizona to 2,880,130 individuals, of whom 2,186,715 have been fully vaccinated, according to data from ADHS. State sites have administered 1,415,994 of those doses to 805,542 individuals, of whom 652,422 have been fully vaccinated.