State Farm Stadium to turn into 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site

Beginning Jan. 11, State Farm Stadium in Glendale will transform into a 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site, Governor Doug Ducey announced on Friday.

According to a news release, the Arizona Department of Health Services is establishing the new site in Glendale as Maricopa County moves into Phase 1B, the next phase of vaccine distribution that includes K-12 school staff and childcare workers, law enforcement, and adults over the age of 75.

Learn more about the Phase 1B rollout: https://www.maricopa.gov/5651/Phase-1B

The home of the Arizona Cardinals will open on Monday for law enforcement and other protective service workers. Appointments for others in Phase 1B and Phase 1A will be available beginning Tuesday.

"We are working with local partners to increase vaccination capacity," said Dr. Cara Christ with the Arizona Department of Health Services. "Governor Ducey’s executive order helps with this by enabling AZDHS to reallocate vaccine to do rapid allocation and distribution."

Registration information will be posted online Monday at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

"Our new vaccine site in Glendale will rapidly expand the number of Arizonans getting vaccinated," Ducey said. "We need to get these vaccine doses out of freezers and into the arms of Arizonans who want it, and our new sit will speed up that process."

As of Friday, 123,862 Arizonans had received the coronavirus vaccine, and 45% of frontline healthcare workers in the 1A vaccine category have received the vaccine.

On the same day, the state reported 11,658 additional cases and 197 deaths, increasing Arizona's pandemic totals to 596,251 cases and 9,938 deaths.

"Cases are currently elevated, and we are seeing an increase, which occurred three to five days after Christmas," said Dr. Christ.

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The Associated Press 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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