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PHOENIX – Arizona’s first indoor mass COVID-19 vaccination site will open next month in southeast Mesa, authorities confirmed Friday.
The new site will be operated by Dexcom at 8046 E. Ray Road, just off the Loop 202 Santan Freeway near the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
It will open on April 5 and replace the state site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, which will cease operations on April 3.
Since March 14, people who have been receiving the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Chandler site have been booked for their second injections at Mesa.
“We are grateful for the support of Dexcom and other partners in making this indoor site a reality and continuing our momentum to vaccinate Arizonans,” ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said in a press release.
“Patients, staff and volunteers will also be grateful, as we are approaching the point where operating outdoors will become dangerous as temperatures rise.”
Approximately 30,000 square feet of Dexcom’s 500,000-square-foot regional distribution center will be used for vaccine operation through June 30, according to the statement. Dexcom makes glucose control products for people with diabetes.
The Mesa site will operate daily from 7 am to 5 pm, with 3,000 to 4,000 daily appointments to start. It has the capacity to be a 24/7 site and administer 12,000 injections per day, according to the release.
Christ first revealed plans to move from Chandler to Mesa last week, but details about the new operation were not confirmed until Friday.
He also said last week that State Farm Stadium in Glendale, the only 24/7 site in the state, will halt operations at midnight on April 3 and become a site just to pass the night from April 4. 9 a. M.
Christ said the state was still evaluating interior options in the West Valley to account for vaccinations during the day when things heat up.
The Chandler-Gilbert Community College site was first opened as a county-run operation. He was moved to a state-run site on March 3.