State opens indoor drive-thru vaccine site in east Mesa

Cara Christ, Dexcom Mesa Distribution Center
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ (center, behind podium) makes remarks at the opening of the Dexcom Mesa Distribution Center, the state's first drive-thru indoor COVID-19 vaccination site. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ (center, behind podium) makes remarks at the opening of the Dexcom Mesa Distribution Center, the state's first drive-thru indoor COVID-19 vaccination site. (Screenshot from YouTube)

With summer heat looming, the Arizona Department of Health Services opened its first indoor COVID-19 vaccine distribution point April 5 in east Mesa.

The drive-thru indoor distribution point is at the Dexcom Mesa Regional Distribution Center, 8046 E. Ray Road, Mesa, near the Loop 202 Santan Freeway and Power Road across the Gilbert border. Vaccinations there are available only by appointment through https://azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

ADHS Director Cara Christ said with temperatures pushing 100 degrees, the state has been working to transition vaccinations sites indoors.

That includes the closing of the Chandler Gilbert Community College distribution site and the transition of State Farm Stadium from 24/7 distribution to overnight hours.

Christ also announced the state will transition the State Farm site indoors to adjacent Gila River Arena, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, and open an indoor site at multievent arena WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale.


Christ said the state has administered 3.7 million vaccines to 2.3 million people and now has 1.5 million fully vaccinated people.

“All of this is good news,” she said. “It is a testament to the commitment of staff and volunteers statewide and to the many Arizonans who have rolled up their sleeves. But there is still more to be done.”
By Tom Blodgett

Editor, Gilbert

Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent more than 30 years in journalism in Arizona and joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2018 to launch the Gilbert edition. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he served as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication from 2005-19 and remains editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.