ARIZONA NEWS

President Biden, VP Harris to virtually tour State Farm Stadium vaccine site

Feb 7, 2021, 7:45 PM | Updated: Feb 8, 2021, 3:10 pm

Cars line up at the State Farm Stadium COVID-19 vaccine site in Glendale, Arizona. (Facebook Photo/...

Cars line up at the State Farm Stadium COVID-19 vaccine site in Glendale, Arizona. (Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

(Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

PHOENIX — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will virtually tour the state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium on Monday, the White House announced Sunday evening.

The two will tour the site at 12:30 p.m. Arizona time.

The vaccination site in Glendale administered its 100,000 COVID-19 dose on Jan. 30, less than three weeks after opening, with nearly one in six vaccinations in the state occurring in the stadium’s parking lot at the time.

“We’re proud to have reached this milestone so quickly, but there is much more work to be done,”  Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said in a press release announcing the milestone.

“Our only limitation is the amount of vaccine we have been allocated. As we get more doses into Arizona, we can replicate this nationally recognized model in even more places around the state.”

Health officials at State Farm Stadium on Feb. 1 began administering second doses to those vaccinated in January, according to the release, while administering just as many first doses.

Once at full capacity, the site will administer 10,000 to 12,000 doses each day.

All appointments at State Farm Stadium, and a second state-run site that opened Feb. 1 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, are booked through February but appointments have been reserved for those vaccinated at state-run sites to receive second doses.

More appointments will be added as the state receives more vaccines.

Those in the Phase 1A and prioritized Phase 1B groups are receiving vaccinations at State Farm Stadium.

This includes frontline health care workers; emergency services workers; residents and staff at long-term care facilities; protective services workers; K-12, university, and community college educators; childcare workers; and adults 65 and older.

The state-run sites recently lowered the age of eligibility from 75 to 65, opening up opportunities for more than 750,000 Arizonans, the state health department confirmed.

Gov. Doug Ducey and Christ requested an emergency infusion of 300,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses and an increase of 300,000 doses weekly from the state’s federal allotment, a request Ducey says was denied.

Arizona’s GOP Congress members and Rep. Greg Stanton, a Democrat, in response sent letters requesting more vaccines.

Ducey said the sites at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium are both operating below capacity due to the allocation of vaccines from federal partners.

Vaccine doses are the single biggest limiting factor to opening more appointments and creating new mass vaccination sites, according to Ducey, who said the state is looking to open several mass vaccination sites across Arizona along with smaller sites to target hard to reach populations.

State Farm Stadium is currently Arizona’s only 24/7 vaccination site.

A $1 million grant from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation helped make the stadium site possible, according to a press release. The Cardinals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona State University and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs aided in the effort to open and operate the stadium vaccine site.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

deadly heat wave last summer...

Associated Press

After a deadly heat wave last summer, metro Phoenix is changing tactics

Fresh memories of the deadly heat wave last summer have led Arizona authorities to launch new tactics ahead of summer 2024.

4 minutes ago

Suspect dead after shooting involving Phoenix Police officer...

KTAR.com

Suspect dead, police officer injured after shootout in Phoenix

A suspect is dead after a shooting involving an officer with the Phoenix Police Department on May 28, 2024, authorities said.

1 hour ago

Bar and grill chain Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers is opening its 17th location in Arizona and first in...

Bailey Leasure

Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers to open new location in Surprise

Bar and grill chain Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers is opening its 17th location in Arizona and first in Surprise.

3 hours ago

Loop-101-off-ramp...

Nick Borgia

Loop 101 off-ramp set to close in Scottsdale for highway expansion

The off-ramp of northbound Loop 101 at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard is scheduled to be closed for approximately 60 days, officials announced.

3 hours ago

Gov. Katie Hobbs and Arizona Commerce Authority president Sandra Watson announced a new Canadian tr...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

New Canada trade office unveiled in Arizona

A Canadian trade office is opening in the Valley to bolster ties between Arizona and its second-largest trading partner behind Mexico.

3 hours ago

SR51 closure lifted after southbound lanes closed due to crash...

KTAR.com

Southbound lanes of State Route 51 reopen near Bethany Home Road due to crash

Southbound lanes reopened early Tuesday morning after a SR51 closure of southbound traffic near Bethany Home Road on Monday night.

11 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 new rides for 3 new road trips in Arizona

It's time for the Sanderson Ford Memorial Day sale with the Mighty Fine 69 Anniversary, as Sanderson Ford turned 69 years old in May.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s how to be worry-free when your A/C goes out in the middle of summer

PHOENIX -- As Arizona approaches another hot summer, Phoenix residents are likely to spend more time indoors.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

President Biden, VP Harris to virtually tour State Farm Stadium vaccine site