PHOENIX – Arizona health officials opened the state’s second COVID-19 vaccination site at ASU’s Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Monday in a bid to build on the success of the first site in the State Farm Stadium in Glendale.
Until more vaccine doses are available from the federal government, the Phoenix site will be limited to 500 injections per day, administered from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., by appointment only.
The location of State Farm, which health officials say has 100,000 people vaccinated since opening January 11, will continue to operate 24/7. Here too, appointments are compulsory.
“We have stepped up COVID-19 vaccinations across Arizona, through our state-run State Farm site, and we will accelerate that momentum with our Phoenix Municipal Stadium site,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement. . “We will continue to add more locations across the state as we have more supply.”
January marks the deadliest month in the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, with more than 95,000 deaths in the first month of 2021 only. The nationwide death toll stands at nearly 440,000; it was 13,124 in Arizona starting Monday.
In Arizona, the vaccine is currently given to health workers, teachers, first responders, law enforcement officers, and people over the age of 65. Arizona State University, whose baseball team plays at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on East Van Buren Street, is providing support and supplies to the effort.
“ASU has a fundamental responsibility in the communities we serve,” said ASU President Michael Crow in A declaration. âSo when the state called and asked for help to open vaccination sites, it was not long before we took action. “
Going forward, health experts warn that the biggest concern is making sure there are enough second doses needed for a complete inoculation. Former state health director Will Humble said a lot hangs over the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which requires a dose.
âIf all goes well, we could see some Johnson & Johnson vaccines shipped to the United States, hopefully by February,â said Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association. “It is a niche product because it is a refrigerated single dose vaccine.”
Dr Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and one of President Joe Biden’s main advisers on COVID-19, told reporters last week that he expects Johnson & Johnson research expedited vaccine approvals.
“I hope that at the end of spring and the beginning of summer, we will have children who can be vaccinated” Fauci said Friday during a coronavirus briefing at the White House.