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Grand Canyon University COVID-19 vaccination site to end operations

A steady stream of cars has flowed through the Point of Dispensing site at 27th Avenue and Camelback Road. (Grand Canyon University/Photo by Garrett Ohrenberg)

PHOENIX – Grand Canyon University’s COVID-19 vaccination site will host its final day of operations Monday after three months and more than 100,000 shots.

The GCU point of dispensing site was operated by university staff, faculty and student volunteers for free.

“We didn’t ask to be reimbursed for the expenses of operating the vaccination site because we know our faculty, staff and student volunteers would step up in a big way,” Brian Mueller, GCU president, said in a press release. “They are so proud that they could be part of the COVID-19 solution in our neighborhood.”

The university’s POD made efforts to reach more vulnerable populations in the community. ​

The site included a walk-up option for individuals who lack a vehicle or rely on public transportation and enabled onsite registrations for people who don’t have access to a computer or the internet.

When the GCU POD opened in late January, the goal was to vaccinate 500 to 800 people per day.

By March, the number routinely exceeded 2,000 per day, with a high of 2,646 on March 27.

All adults across Arizona are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with the minimum age at 16 for the Pfizer shot and 18 for other approved versions.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page showing locations and registration information.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

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