PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Health Services has announced that they are opening COVID-19 vaccines to more people in our state, and those 55 and older are eligible to make an appointment at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium beginning on Tuesday.
ADHS says it plans to continue its age-based approach to protect those most at risk, including Arizonans 55 and older along with essential frontline workers in its latest expansion in the Phoenix metropolitan area. . According to state data, 90% of COVID-19 deaths and 65% of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Arizona are people 55 and older.
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“This critical update brings more clarity to Arizonans and will result in the rapid delivery of the vaccine to our most vulnerable populations,” Governor Ducey said in a statement. “Continuing to vaccinate older Arizonans against COVID-19 will help protect those at risk and will cover the majority of Arizonans with chronic medical conditions. And this hybrid approach will ensure equitable distribution of the vaccine to our front-line workers who work with the public every day. ”
Approximately 50,000 vaccination spaces at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium will open at 12 p.m. Tuesday for those 55 and older for appointments starting Thursday. Appointments can be made at federally qualified health centers and pharmacies that participate in federal immunization programs.
State officials say that with the opening of the age group to those 55 and older, the vaccine prioritization category will include between 56% and 66% of Arizonans with high-risk medical conditions.
ADHS says they will move to the next age category, people 45 and older, when they have at least 55% of eligible vaccinated or when they feel there is no longer demand.
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Data on the percentage of the population vaccinated by age category will be added to the AZDHS website, officials say. It is not clear when this data will appear.
“As more vaccines arrive in Arizona, we will continue to refine our plan to maximize the benefits of this still limited resource,” ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said in a statement. “Moving to a hybrid approach will allow us to deliver the vaccine quickly and efficiently and provide all Arizonans with a clearer estimate of when they will be eligible to be vaccinated.”