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Appointments for round 2 of vaccine at State Farm Stadium to open soon

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PHOENIX – Arizona’s top health official said Wednesday that appointments for second shots of the COVID-19 vaccine will be open for February dates soon.

“If they received their initial vaccine at State Farm Stadium, we will be opening up dates from Feb. 1 on [for the second round]. We will be notifying those individuals who got their vaccine that they should go back in and register,” Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.

“We just haven’t opened those appointments just yet, but they will be coming,” she said.

The state health department’s 24/7 mass vaccination site in Glendale is booked for the initial round of shots in the phase 1B priority segment through Tuesday, she said.

“There are still appointments available after that. We’ve only opened up to Jan. 31 at this point,” Christ said. “We will continue to open up sites as we ensure that we’ve got adequate vaccine and to see how many people we are processing right now.”

People in phase 1A who haven’t been vaccinated can participate in 1B.

Vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have been authorized and distributed to states by federal authorities, and each requires two doses.

The Glendale site can distribute 200-300 vaccinations an hour, or around 6,000 per day. Christ hopes to double that capacity when more vaccine is available.

“What we are doing is looking at our processes every day here at State Farm Stadium and we will be looking at adding that to our process here as people are leaving,” Christ said

The state health department has a vaccine-finder page with a map of active and pending locations and links to registration websites.

People looking for an opening at a Maricopa County-run site should regularly check the county health department website’s vaccine location page, which gets updated when new slots open.

For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

Arizona open and hiring: If you’re looking for job openings, visit ktar.com/arizonahiring.

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