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Nearly 60K appointments available at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites

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PHOENIX — There are tens of thousands of appointments still available at the seven state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites across Arizona with many having spots open for the same day, health officials said Monday.

Nearly 60,000 first-dose appointments to receive the Pfizer vaccine were still available Monday morning out of the 74,000 that were made available last Friday, according to a press release.

The most are at the recently-opened WestWorld in Scottsdale where 20,623 appointments are still available, while the Dexcom drive-thru location in the southeast Valley still has 13,716 spots open.

Arizona State University’s Desert Financial Arena in Tempe has 6,983 spots, Gila River Arena – which took over for the State Farm Stadium site – has 4,939 appointments available and The University of Arizona has 4,923 spots.

The Northern Arizona University Fieldhouse in Flagstaff has 2,900 appointments still available, while the Yuma Civic Center has 2,166 open spots.

Demand for vaccine appointments at state-run sites have been dipping since eligibility was opened to all adults in late March.

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.

“COVID-19 vaccines are safe, highly effective, free, and available ‒ often on the same day ‒ at state vaccination sites serving the most-populous areas of the state,” Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said in the release.

“We need more Arizonans to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to protect themselves, their families and the community.”

More than 2.8 million people across the state have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine as of Monday, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ dashboard, representing 39.9% of the state’s population.

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.

The following week’s worth of appointments for mass vaccination sites run by the state is released every Friday at 11 a.m. Appointments can be booked online at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201.

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.

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