Doctor vaccinating smiling man patient in clinic

According to Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona went over the 400,000 mark for vaccine doses administered. 

More than 63,000 doses have been shot into arms at the state’s first 24/7 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium. 

“We are getting more and more doses into the arms of Arizonans,” said Christ. “The success of our State Farm Stadium vaccination site has made it clear that Arizona can efficiently and effectively administer vaccine to large numbers.”

She said more vaccine supplies are needed:

“Now the federal government has to step up its game and provide additional vaccine to support Arizona’s proven momentum.”

As of Jan. 25, the state gave 412,320 COVID-19 vaccine doses to 343,264 individuals, including 61,945 who have received both doses. 

ADHS requested an ongoing 300,000 additional doses weekly from the federal government. However, the request was denied, and the state, counties and tribal governments were only able to order 169,000 doses.

“Our message to our federal partners is simple: Give Arizona more vaccine, and we will make good use of it,” Christ said. “We have significant available capacity to expand where vaccine is offered, make more appointments available, and move forward with protecting our vulnerable populations.”

All appointments at the two state-run sites are booked through February, though appointments have been reserved for those vaccinated at a state-run site to receive second doses. 

Groups prioritized to date include front-line health care workers, emergency services workers, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities (in Phase 1A); and protective services workers; K-12, university, and community college educators; child care workers; and adults 65 and older (prioritized Phase 1B). 

More sites are on the way, said Gov. Doug Ducey.

“Arizona has activated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Retail Pharmacy Program, which will add up to 100 pharmacy stores providing vaccine over the next few weeks,” Ducey said.

“When the program is fully activated, more than 800 pharmacies will have COVID-19 vaccine available in Arizona.”

Locations can be found by visiting azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

To register for a vaccine, visit 

podvaccine.azdhs.gov

Information about all vaccination sites across Arizona can be found at azhealth.gov/findvaccine

Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201 to be connected with someone who can assist. 

The State Farm Stadium vaccination site, which opened on Jan. 11, is operated by ADHS and partners including the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs.

ADHS will launch a new additional state vaccine site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, near Tempe, on Monday, Feb. 1, to further expand appointment availability. Registration for appointments at this new location began Tuesday, Jan. 19. 

All appointments at the two state-run sites are booked through February, though appointments have been reserved for those vaccinated at a state-run site to receive second doses.