COVID Vaccinations

A car prepares to enter a drive-thru vaccination tent Feb. 1 at the University of Arizona site in Tucson. Older Americans — among the most vulnerable to contracting a severe COVID-19 illness — have reported difficulties getting information about vaccines or making appointments to get shots.

MESA -- An outdoor state-run COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Chandler will be replaced April 5 by a drive-thru operation inside a large business warehouse in Mesa in advance of approaching hot weather, the Department of Health Services announced Friday.

The vaccination site now run at Chandler-Gilbert Community College will use 30,000 square feet (2,787 square meters) of a 500,000-square-foot (46,451-square-meter) distribution center belonging to Dexcom Inc.

The site switch will maintain the state's vaccination program's presence in southeastern Maricopa County while protecting staff, volunteers and people getting vaccinated, Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement.

In other moves to prepare for summer heat, the 24-hour site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale will convert to overnight operations only and additional indoor sites are being sought, the department said.

People who received first doses at the Chandler-Gilbert facility on or after March 14 have been scheduled for their second doses at the Dexcom site, which will operate 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, the department said.

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