Vaccination site at Phoenix stadium moving inside ASU arena
PHOENIX (AP) — The state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium will move indoors Monday as it relocates to Desert Financial Arena on Arizona State University’s Tempe campus, the Department of Health Services announced Thursday.
The relocation of the outdoor site currently in a parking lot near the Phoenix-Tempe border is the latest change in the state’s mass vaccination program to account for rising temperatures. Other state-run sites are moving indoors or foregoing daytime hours.
Free parking is available in a parking lot near the ASU arena which is close to transit routes, the department said.
People who already have second-dose appointments scheduled at Phoenix Municipal Stadium for Monday and later are being informed of the new location, the department said.
Nearly 2.5 million people in Arizona, or 34.1% of the state’s population, have received at least one vaccine dose, with nearly 1.6 million being fully vaccinated, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.
The department on Thursday reported 670 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 32 more deaths, increasing the state’s pandemic totals to 846,900 cases and 17,055 deaths.
Hospitalizations continued to hover in the 500-600 range, with 541 patients occupying inpatient beds as of Wednesday. That’s about a tenth of the Jan. 11 pandemic high of 5,082, according to the dashboard.
The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases increased over the past two weeks, rising from 503.7 on March 23 to 631.3 on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 36.6 to 9.5 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.