Vaccination clinic

Gloria Neira of Florence receives her Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination April 2 at a drive-thru clinic at Sun City Anthem Union Center. It was one of 1,685 COVID vaccines given in Pinal County that day. In all, more than 176,000 vaccine doses have been given in Pinal County, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

PHOENIX — State-run sites have administered their 1 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, continuing Arizona’s national leadership in protecting its residents, the governor’s office said Monday.

Among the 1,053,035 doses administered at Arizona’s five state-run sites, nearly 700,000 have been administered at State Farm Stadium, which the Arizona Department of Health Services opened Jan. 11 in Glendale.

“Arizona is working around the clock to make the COVID-19 vaccine available to all,” said Gov. Doug Ducey. “Today we are reaching another major milestone — administering the 1 millionth dose at state-run vaccination sites. We are thankful to the thousands of staff and volunteers who have been working tirelessly to get Arizonans vaccinated.”

As of this morning, 3,708,660 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Arizona to 2,350,701 individuals, including 1,471,750 who have been fully vaccinated.

Pinal County has administered more than 157,000 doses.

“The staff and volunteers at state vaccination sites in the Phoenix area, Tucson, and Yuma continue to do a tremendous job of getting these safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines into the community,” said ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ. “As more vaccine becomes available, we need even more Arizonans to roll up their sleeves at state sites and other venues.”

With the arrival of warmer temperatures, ADHS and its partners are transitioning state operations indoors to protect patients, staff, and volunteers. Today, an indoor drive-thru site opened at Dexcom’s regional distribution center in Mesa, replacing the outdoor Chandler-Gilbert Community College site. On April 23, the State Farm Stadium operation will move indoors to the nearby Gila River Arena.

The Yuma Convention Center site is already an indoor operation. The University of Arizona site in Tucson offers outdoor and indoor vaccinations.

At 11 a.m. each Friday, registration opens for vaccination appointments at state sites during the following week. To register, please visit podvaccine.azdhs.gov or call 1-844-542-8201. Both resources offer assistance in English and Spanish.

Health officials reported 608 more confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state but no additional deaths for the second consecutive day.

The state release of new figures Monday bring its pandemic totals to 844,910 cases and 16,990 deaths.

Pinal County reported 42 new cases, bringing its total to 49,803.

The number of patients hospitalized for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases fell to 516 on Sunday — the lowest level since September.

However, the number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients dipped to 148.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard also showed the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered at more than 3.7 million with over 2.3 million people, or roughly 33% of the state population, having received at least one dose and over 1.4 million people those being fully vaccinated.

Arizona has begun transitioning its state-run vaccination sites to either indoor operations or night-time hours until the move indoors can be made. Chris marked the opening Monday morning of a site at a Dexcom regional distribution center in Mesa. This site will replace the outdoor one at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

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.

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