State Farm Stadium Vaccination Site Busy on 1st Day Featured

AZDHS & YCCHS January 13, 2021 284

Nearly 4,000 vaccinated by 6 p.m. on first day of state 24/7 vaccination site

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  • Nearly 4000 people had been vaccinated
  • The capacity is about 200 doses per hour
  • You can schedule online
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Current capacity is delivering 200 doses in an hour.

PHOENIX ‒ 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.

Information from the Yavapai County Health Department

There is currently no way to sign up to get vaccinated for any phases of the vaccine rollout.

Yavapai County Education Services Agency School Nurses have been trained to administer the vaccine; and EMS and partner agencies will be assisting with vaccinations for law enforcement staff eligible in this phase. This will ensure they are not competing with others in Phase 1B for appointments.

Teachers and staff are being scheduled by their school nurses. YCCHS has databases to alert law enforcement and congregate settings of how and when to get their vaccinations. Any adult age 75 or older is eligible and prioritized in Phase 1B. You will be asked a few questions to determine your eligibility. If you are a workplace or agency with staff needing to be vaccinated, please complete this form: https://form.jotform.com/203526242875053, so YCCHS has your contact information and # of staff.

YCCHS confirmed with Arizona Department of Health Services the pharmacies that will be participating in the CDC Retail Pharmacy Partnership Program for the 75 and older population. The program is starting out very small with just a few Safeway/Albertson stores and Fry’s/Kroger stores beginning as early as next week. As more vaccine becomes available additional pharmacies will be added to the program. Only people 75 and older will be able to make an appointment at those pharmacies. Private providers will also be receiving vaccine in the coming weeks.

Please realize we have a large population in this phase and vaccine supply is limited. This phase will take considerable time due to the roll out of 2nd vaccinations for those who received the initial dose. It could take months for Phase 1b to be largely completed.

If people want to make an appointment at the State Farm Stadium vaccination pod, register here: https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/. You will be asked a few questions to determine your eligibility. Realize that you will receive the Pfizer vaccine, and will need to get a second dose within 21 days.

We know how important this vaccination effort is. We know many of you want an appointment now. As more vaccine becomes available, we will be able to provide more options. For now, we are working as hard as we can to get eligible residents in Phase 1A vaccinated in the timeliest manner possible.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 15:37
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