State Farm Stadium will become overnight only and the state plans to open an indoor location to replace its capacity; the Phoenix Municipal Stadium site near Tempe will move indoors in April; the Chandler-Gilbert Community College site in the Southeast Valley will move to a warehouse in Mesa in April; the University of Arizona at Tucson site will remain outside but move inside if necessary.
And a new state-backed site opens at a covered site in Yuma at the end of March.
Objective of the vaccine: All people 16 years of age and over eligible for a vaccine by May 1 in Arizona
“One of the things we all know in Arizona is that our time here is going to start to evolve to be where the weather is less pleasant outside,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, at a press briefing Friday. . “We are working with our partners on finalizing plans for the transition from our national sites to inland sites and we plan to continue to increase immunization capacity. ”
State Farm Stadium will run from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. before moving indoors
State Farm Stadium in Glendale, the first state venue to open in January, operates in a large parking lot that will get very hot.
“One of the concerns is that our technology, as it gets past 90 and 100 degrees, won’t work as well, if at all. And we want to make sure we keep our patients, volunteers and staff safe, ”Christ said.
The site will only start operating overnight – instead of its current 24/7 schedule – to accommodate rising temperatures.
The site will operate near its current capacity adding more appointments every hour, Christ said. The site is expected to be able to deliver about 8,000 to 10,000 doses in the 5 to 9 a.m. range, compared to the 9,000 to 11,000 it reaches 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Christ said.
The state plans to open a covered site in April to replace State Farm Stadium, so there’s only a short period of time it only works overnight. Christ said there are a few options being evaluated that would have significant capacity. She did not list any possible locations.
The Arizona Department of Health wants to hit 1 million Cardinals stadium vaccines before shutting down, Christ said.
State Farm Stadium crossed the 500,000-dose mark on Monday.
Other sites offer a mix of plans
The state’s other vaccination sites have a range of plans.
Phoenix Municipal Stadium: The site will continue to operate from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christ said there was more breeze at the stadium site and also more covered areas. The state is working with Arizona State University to identify a new indoor location to transition to in April, Christ said.
University of Arizona: The Tucson POD plans to continue operating as is. Christ said there was more grass, shade, and hanging structures to keep people cooler. The option of completely relocating to a currently operating indoor site remains if needed, she said.
The state opened its second site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 1 and upgraded a POD at the University of Arizona to a state-run site on February 18. On March 3, the state resumed operations at a vaccination site in Chandler. -Gilbert Community College which was previously run by Dignity Health.
The state may open more state-run sites in the future. Christ said on Friday the state was examining possible sites in Coconino County and other sites in the Phoenix metro area, including the Northeast Valley.
Information on vaccination sites across Arizona is available at azhealth.gov/findvaccine, and registration is open for state sites and many more at podvaccine.azdhs.gov.
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