State-run indoor COVID-19 vaccine site coming to Scottsdale
PHOENIX – On the day Arizona’s newest state-run COVID-19 vaccination site debuted, officials announced plans Monday to open another one later this month.
An indoor site will open at WestWorld of Scottsdale on April 22, the Arizona Department of Health Services said in a press release.
The Scottsdale location will begin by handling 3,000-4,000 appointments daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“That will service the North Valley a well as our tribal communities around there,” Christ said Monday during the launch of a new site in Mesa.
“That [WestWorld] will be a walk-up, or walk-in, indoor facility.”
The city of Scottsdale is providing the multi-use facility for use as a vaccine site through June 30, according to the release. Global health service company Cigna will run the operation.
The state currently operates five sites, three in metro Phoenix – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Phoenix Municipal Stadium and Dexcom near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in the East Valley — and one each in Tucson and Yuma.
The Mesa location opened Monday as the first state-run indoor drive-thru site. It replaced the Chandler-Gilbert Community College site that closed over the weekend as part of the state’s plans to deal with rising temperatures.
The State Farm Stadium parking lot site, which had been operating 24/7 since opening Jan. 11, shifted to overnight hours this week, with appointments from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.
On April 23, State Farm Stadium will cease operations and nearby Gila River Arena will debut as an indoor site.
Gila River Arena will be run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily on most days. It will close early when events such as Arizona Coyotes hockey games are scheduled.
Christ said during Monday’s press conference that the Phoenix Municipal Stadium operation would soon close, but she said the timetable had not been finalized.
A week’s worth of appointments for the state-run sites are released every Friday at 11 a.m. Appointments can be booked online at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201.
For other Valley availability, the Maricopa County Public Health website has an online vaccine finder that shows pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events along with links to the applicable registration pages.
Additional spots can open at any time through any provider because of cancellations and additional deliveries, so vaccine seekers should continue checking any or all of the registration options regularly.
Although appointments are required, all adults are eligible anywhere in the state. The minimum age is 16 for the Pfizer vaccine and 18 for the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots.
For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.
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