On Monday, Jan. 11, Maricopa County began allowing those 75 and older to register for COVID-19 vaccines.
There were first-day glitches on the state’s registration website and many said they were unable to schedule early in the day. Later, at least two dozen said on the West Valley View’s Facebook page they were able to register and schedule appointments.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced Jan. 8 that State Farm Stadium will be a “24/7” site “to dramatically expand the availability of COVID-19 vaccine doses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.”
“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.”
The State Farm Stadium site was to be open Monday, Jan. 11, for law enforcement officers. Appointments for others in Phase 1B and Phase 1A were to be available starting Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Advance registration is required at podvaccine.azdhs.gov.
The county also listed a half-dozen pharmacies (inside Safeway and Albertson’s stores) that will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations. None of the locations were in the West Valley, but, according to the website, the “vaccine will continue to be allocated to pharmacies as it becomes available and additional locations will be added to the listings below.”
For the list of locations, visit maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations.
According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, “Registration information and link(s) to appointment sites for scheduling will be available for Phase 1B prioritized groups starting at 6 a.m. Mon., Jan. 11.”
The 1B group includes:
• School teachers, staff and child care workers.
• Police officers.
• Adults 75 and older.
“Adults living in congregate settings and other essential workers (to be determined) will be prioritized for vaccination in Phase 1B after these groups,” the county’s COVID-19 website notes.
“At your appointment, please be prepared to show 1) your appointment confirmation, and 2) a form of ID confirming your Phase 1B employment, such as a work ID or paystub, or an ID that shows your age if you are 75+.”
The vaccine rollout began in mid-December with the first group (1A) of health care workers and responders.
The county noted the priority this week will be those from 1A to receive second shots of the two-dose vaccine.
No walk-ins are allowed for vaccinations.
Those who do not have a computer or need assistance can call 602-506-6767 or 211. For more information, visit Maricopa.gov/COVID19Vaccine1B.
More than 125,000 Arizonans—at least 75,000 in Maricopa County— have received COVID-19 vaccinations in the 1A group.