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Arizona to launch state-supported mass vaccination site in Yuma

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PHOENIX — Arizona is launching a state-supported mass vaccination site in Yuma beginning March 29, Gov. Doug Ducey’s office announced Thursday.

Capacity and hours of operation will expand for the site already in service located at the Yuma Civic Center.

The site will offer 8,000 appointments per week and will be in operation from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

It will be the state’s fifth operational vaccination site and first in southwestern Arizona.

“Arizona’s vaccination sites have been instrumental in the state’s work to protect communities and vulnerable populations,” Ducey said in a press release. “We want to make sure rural areas have easy access to vaccinations and operations at the Yuma site will support those efforts.”

The site will be run through a partnership between Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services, Yuma County, the city of Yuma and Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Yuma Civic Center has been offering the Moderna vaccine but will switch to the Pfizer option beginning March 29.

The state health department will work to ensure people who received Moderna at the site for their first dose will get a second dose.

“This state-supported vaccination site is critical to get the Yuma community to the next level in the fight against COVID,” Yuma Mayor Douglas J. Nicholls said in the release. “The city is excited to be part of the effort to provide more opportunities for more people to get their COVID vaccine.”

Appointments for the week of March 29 will be made available March 26 beginning at 11 a.m. online or by calling 1-844-542-8201.

State-run sites are currently administering vaccine to those 55 and older.

Arizona also has state-run sites at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Chandler-Gilbert Community College and at the University of Arizona.

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