COVID-19 vaccination site to open at Phoenix Municipal Stadium

SAVANNAH, GA - DECEMBER 15: A nurse shows off a vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine outside of the Chatham County Health Department on December 15, 2020 in Savannah, Georgia.

Following the opening of a 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Governor Doug Ducey announced on Jan. 14 that a second vaccination site will open next month at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

According to a news release, the Arizona Department of Health Services will open the second site on Feb. 1. It will be open during daytime hours and registration begins on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m.

Upon arrival at the vaccination site, you will need to show identification demonstrating that you qualify for Phase 1A or Phase 1B.

You can also use the patient portal to make an appointment for a relative who is in a prioritized group.

If you don't have access to a computer, you can call 1-844-542-8201 for help.

"The second state site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will dramatically boost the number of Arizonans who can get this vaccine," Ducey said in a statement.

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Arizona’s vaccination program was slow to get off the ground, but officials said the first state-run large site at State Farm Stadium has proved to be a success — administering thousands of doses daily, officials said.

The vaccination site at State Farm Stadium "has been a game changer," Ducey said in a statement.

The 24-7 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium opened on Jan. 11. Appointments are fully booked through January, however, more appointments will be made available next month.

As of Wednesday evening, 12,570 people have been vaccinated at State Farm Stadium.

Arizona had the worst state COVID-19 diagnosis rate over the past week, with 1 of every 107 people diagnosed with COVID-19 from Jan. 6 to Wednesday. The rate is calculated by dividing a state’s population by the number of new cases over the past week.

Arizona on Thursday reported 7,311 additional known COVID-19 cases and 182 additional deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 649,040 cases and 10,855 deaths.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

In other developments, the Department of Health Services said the state has activated a federal program to have 100 pharmacies provide vaccines over the next few weeks and eventually boost the number to more than 800 outlets.

"As the federal government ships more vaccine doses to Arizona, we will have more vaccine sites and appointments available soon," said Dr. Cara Christ, the department’s director.

Arizona began its vaccination program with eligibility for front-line health care workers, emergency personnel, and residents and staff at long-term care facilities.

Eligibility then was expanded to include law enforcement personnel, educators, child care workers and people age 75 and older.

Associated Press writer Terry Tang in Phoenix contributed to this report.

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

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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.

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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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