Arizona passes 5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots administered
PHOENIX — Arizona officials said Friday the state passed 5 million COVID-19 vaccine shots administered.
The Arizona Department of Public Health’s dashboard showed that 5,017,395 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,925,915 people (40.7% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 2,186,715 people fully vaccinated.
The vaccine has been available in Arizona since December.
“Arizona is in a much different place than it was just months ago thanks to the many people who have rolled up their sleeves and gotten vaccinated against COVID-19, but there is still a great deal of hard work ahead,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a press release.
“It’s up to all of us to continue promoting vaccination as a path back to normalcy for everyone and a way to protect our most vulnerable.”
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.
Anyone can walk in to a state-run site and receive a shot without an appointment.
“More and more, getting these safe, effective and free vaccines is simply a matter of going online or picking up the phone to make an appointment,” ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said in the release.
“Our highly efficient state sites, which to date have administered nearly 1.5 million doses, complement efforts by counties, pharmacies and others to get vaccine into the community rapidly and equitably.”
Appointments can still be booked online at https://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.
For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.
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