Panoramic view of Glendale State University Stadium in Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Ashton-AMA/Getty Images)
PHOENIX-Governor Doug Ducey announced on Friday that the Arizona Cardinals home will be used as a COVID-1
As Maricopa County enters the initial phase of Phase 1B allocation, the State Farm Stadium vaccination site in Glendale will go live next week.
Dr. Cara Christ from the Arizona Department of Health said: “As we move more Arizonans to a state where the vaccine is given priority, the state is working with our local partners 24/7 to inject more doses into In the hands of people who need these vaccines,” the service director said in a press release.
“By combining national resources with the support and expertise of outstanding partners, we can get more doses from the freezer and enter the community.”
The state-run stadium will hold a test firing for law enforcement officers and other protective service personnel on Monday afternoon. The appointment of eligible groups will begin on Tuesday.
Christ said at a press conference on Friday that more than 6000 doses are expected to be distributed daily on the site.
On Monday morning, Maricopa County will begin online priority 1B dating, which will include K-12 school staff, childcare workers, and adults 75 and older in addition to law enforcement.
Ultimately, the county is expected to add more options, which may include pharmacies and employer-based vaccination campaigns.
Dusi said in a press release: “Our new vaccine base in Glendale will rapidly expand the number of people in Arizona receiving vaccinations.” “We need to take the doses of these vaccines out of the freezer and deliver them. In the arms of the Arizonans who need it, our new base will speed up this process.”
The press release stated that a $1 million grant from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation made the stadium possible. The Cardinal, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona State University and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs are also part of this work.
“This is a real collaboration,” Dusi said. “It emphasizes what can be achieved by facing the worst public health crisis of our lives together.”
Ducey also announced on Friday that the US Centers for Disease Control will provide Arizona with more than $65 million in funding to fund vaccine clinics and community participation.
Due to the limited supply of vaccines, health officials are following priority plans designed to ensure effective and fair distribution.
Phase 1B includes two levels. Only the higher priority groups-K-12 school staff and childcare personnel, law enforcement and protection services personnel, and adults 75 and older-are eligible to register on Monday.
People in stage 1A (starting on December 16) are still allowed to make appointments in subsequent stages, but they no longer have the priority of other qualified people.
There is no time for the rest of Phase 1B (adults living in assembly places and workers classified as basic) or when the subsequent phases are eligible for vaccination.
For all articles, information and updates on Coronavirus in KTAR News, please visit ktar.com/coronavirus.