GLENDALE (AP) — A new COVID-19 vaccination site will open Monday at the suburban Phoenix stadium that is home to the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals as the state with the worst diagnosis rate in the U.S. moves to expand the availability of vaccine doses.
The new site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale will be capable of vaccinating thousands of people daily, the state Department of Health Services said Friday.
The site will open as Maricopa County, which includes most of metro Phoenix, moves into an expanded eligibility phase that prioritizes people 75 and older as well as groups that include teachers and law enforcement personnel.
“We need to get these vaccine doses out of freezers and into the arms of Arizonans who want it, and our new site will speed up that process,” Gov. Doug Ducey said in a statement.
Ducey's office announced earlier Friday that the federal government was providing Arizona with $65.8 million to bolster the state’s vaccination program.
The new stadium site was made possible by a $1 million grant from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation and support from the Cardinals and other organizations, state officials said.
The state Department of Health Services said Blue Cross Blue Shield would provide most of the stadium site's staffing while the Arizona have provided the facility, tents, technical assistance, and other support.