More than 63,000 doses have been administered at the state’s first 24/7 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium, according to ADHS.
“We are getting more and more doses into the arms of Arizonans,” ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said in a statement. “The success of our State Farm Stadium vaccination site has made it clear that Arizona can efficiently and effectively administer vaccine to large numbers. Now the federal government has to step up its game and provide additional vaccine to support Arizona’s proven momentum.”
As of Jan. 24, Arizona has administered 405,209 COVID-19 vaccine doses to 343,264 individuals, including 61,945 who have received both doses.
ADHS requested an ongoing 300,000 additional doses weekly from the federal government—but the request was denied, and the state, counties and tribal governments were only able to order 169,000 doses, according to ADHS.
“Our message to our federal partners is simple: Give Arizona more vaccine, and we will make good use of it,” Christ said. “We have significant available capacity to expand where vaccine is offered, make more appointments available and move forward with protecting our vulnerable populations.”
ADHS will launch a new additional state vaccine site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, near Tempe, on Feb. 1 to further expand appointment availability. Registration for appointments at this new location began Jan. 19. All appointments at the two state-run sites are booked through February, though appointments have been reserved for those vaccinated at a state-run site to receive second doses.
As Arizona receives more vaccine doses and adds more appointments, those in groups prioritized for vaccination can register for appointments at State Farm Stadium and multiple other vaccination sites at http://podvaccine.azdhs.gov. Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at http://azhealth.gov/findvaccine. Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 844-542-8201 to be connected with someone who can assist.