PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's state-run outdoor vaccination sites will switch to nighttime operations or shut down next month in anticipation of hotter temperatures, the state's top health official said Friday.
Dr. Cara Christ, director of the state Department of Health Services, said officials are already eying indoor venues with air conditioning to replace the parking lot operations at State Farm Stadium in Glendale and Phoenix Municipal Stadium. The state has already identified a site in Mesa that will replace the vaccination clinic at Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
“We know come April and May, the weather is going to be getting too warm for our volunteers and patients to be safely outside while our patients are in their cars,” Christ said.
The University of Arizona site in Tucson, however, will continue administering vaccines outdoors.
Beginning April 4, State Farm Stadium, where the NFL's Arizona Cardinals play, will only give out doses between the hours of 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. There will be more appointment times added so the capacity of doses administered daily won't won't be significantly reduced, according to Christ. She is hopeful that will only run for a short time until an indoor site is ready to open.
The state continues to add to its number of vaccination sites. Yuma Civic Center will become a state-run site on March 29 in a partnership with Yuma County and Yuma Regional Medical Center. The vaccination clinic will operate from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. and administer 8,000 doses daily.