GLENDALE, Ariz. - It's a big step forward in the fight against COVID-19 as a vaccination site will open at State Farm Stadium on Jan. 11.
The site, located at 1 Cardinals Drive (near Loop 101 and Maryland Ave.) will be open 24 hours on a daily basis.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey says the goal is to speed up vaccinations. It's expected the site will vaccinate thousands daily.
How to register:
Appointments will be available for those eligible in both Phase 1B and Phase 1A.
Arizona Department of Health Services stated, "Those without computer access or needing extra help registering can call 1-844-542-8201, staffed through support from the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, the Banner Health Poison and Drug Information Center, and Crisis Response Network’s 211 Arizona program."
On Monday, the stadium site opened at 1 p.m. for law enforcement and other protective services workers. AZDHS says broad appointment availability will begin on Tuesday.
AZDHS vaccine phases
"After the initial soft launch of this site, we will have the capability to immunize thousands of Arizonans around the clock, 7 days a week," said Dr. Cara Christ, director of AZDHS. "It will help meet the growing demand for COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona as we move into our priority Phase 1B and beyond. This tremendous step forward in our vaccination effort wouldn’t be possible without our partners, including the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, the Arizona Cardinals, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, Arizona State University, Walgreens, the City of Glendale, and the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs."
For information on how to schedule a vaccine appointment for a family member, go to https://azhealth.gov/patientportalguide.
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Maricopa County moves into Phase 1B
More people will be lining up to get vaccinated and the county says people in the Phase 1B group can now sign up.
1B includes K-12 school staff, child care workers, law enforcement and protective services workers, and adults age 75 and older.
The group will also include adults living in congregated settings and other essential workers.
In order to get vaccinated, people in Phase 1B must make an appointment. No walk-ins will be allowed. Limited appointments will be made at pod sites that are not already fully booked for second doses or for people from Phase 1A.
People in Phase 1A who have not received their first vaccinations will still have top priority.
Appointments can be made at https://www.maricopa.gov/5641/COVID-19-Vaccine
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Monitor your health daily
Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu.
Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.
To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.
And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.
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