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Christ hopes walk-in option increases Arizona’s vaccination numbers

Apr 28, 2021, 11:05 AM
(AP Photo/John Locher)...
(AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

PHOENIX – With demand for first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine dropping in Arizona, public health officials hope allowing walk-in vaccinations at the state-run sites will encourage more participation.

“One of the things we wanted to do was to remove the barriers [to getting vaccinated],” Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department Health Services, said Wednesday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News.

“We know sometimes making an appointment for a later time is not as easy as … just driving by and thinking, ‘I want to get a vaccine, I’m going to stop by.’ We can accommodate that now.”

State public health officials said Tuesday that appointments for inoculation would no longer be required at its seven mass-vaccinations sites.

The department’s dashboard Wednesday morning showed that 4,926,816 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,893,584 people (40.3% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 2,186,715 people fully vaccinated.

“We’re still doing 10,000-20,000 vaccines a day combined at our state sites,” Christ said. “A lot of those are second doses.”

The department foresees shutting down the large-scale sites in the next several weeks as the vaccine becomes more available to pharmacies, doctor’s offices and at pop-up community events.

She added anyone who received a first dose at a state-run point of dispensing that closes, they will be accommodated elsewhere.

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.

Appointments can still be booked online a htttps://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201.

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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Oscar Gonzales, left, received the last COVID-19 vaccination dose given at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on April 23, 2021. The outdoor site closed because of rising temperatures, replaced by neighboring Gila River Arena. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) WestWorld of Scottsdale opened as an indoor Arizona-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination walk-through site April 22, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) WestWorld of Scottsdale opened as a state-run walk-through COVID-19 vaccination site April 22, 2021. (Arizona Department of Health Services Photo) Arizona State University's Desert Financial Arena in Tempe opened as  state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site April 12, 2021. It replaced an outdoor site that had been operating at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Arizona State University's Desert Financial Arena in Tempe opened as  state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site April 12, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Arizona State University's Desert Financial Arena in Tempe opened as  state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site April 12, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Arizona's first indoor drive-thru state-run mass vaccination site opened in Mesa on April 5, 2021. The site replaced the parking lot setup at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) A state-run drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site opened April 5, 2021, inside the Dexcom distribution center near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Inside Arizona's state-run indoor drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site in Mesa. (Twitter Photo/@AZDHS) A state-run drive-thru COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened April 5, 2021, inside the Dexcom distribution center near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) The Yuma Civic Center opened March 29, 2021, as Arizona's state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site. (Facebook Photo) Chandler-Gilbert Community College state-run mass vaccination site opened March 3, 2021. (Twitter Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services) The third state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 18, 2021. (University of Arizona Photo) The third state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 18, 2021. (University of Arizona Photo) Phoenix Municipal Stadium opened as a state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened Feb. 1, 2021.(Twitter Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services) Phoenix Municipal Stadium opened as the second state-run vaccination site Feb. 1, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Ali Vetnar) Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers wait to get their vaccines at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Feb. 1, 2021. The Arizona State University sports facility is the second state-run mass vaccination site. (Twitter Photo/Arizona DPS) (Arizona Cardinals Photo) Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ works at the state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 11, 2021. (Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services) State Farm Stadium opened as Arizona's first state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site in Glendale on Jan. 11, 2021. (Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

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Christ hopes walk-in option increases Arizona’s vaccination numbers