Arizona Hopes To Expand Beyond Mass Vaccination Sites, But Supply Is Still Limited
The COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium is now booked 24 hours a day through February. But Arizona Department of Health Services director, Dr. Cara Christ, said Friday that the state is working to provide vaccines to about 100 pharmacies around the state over the next several weeks. While the stadium site is efficient, Christ said she eventually wants the state to move away from the mass vaccination model.
Christ said she wants Arizonans to have as many options for getting a coronavirus vaccine as they have for getting a flu shot, "so, using pharmacies, using doctors’ offices, using mobile clinics that can go into communities, so that communities that may have less mobility or may not have access to internet can just go in without an appointment to get it.”
But that may still be a long way off since more vaccination sites will require more vaccines. Christ said she has been advocating for Arizona to receive larger allocations from the federal government, but as of yet, there’s no clear indication of when the state could start receiving larger shipments.
Christ said the state has been receiving about 169,000 doses a week, but she has been pushing to get more than 400,000 doses per week.
"169,000 keeps our current activities going," Christ said. "300,000 additional doses would really ramp us up a lot."