Arizona Outdoor Vaccine Site To Become Indoor Drive-Thru

Mar 26, 2021

The Arizona Department of Health Services says an outdoor state-run COVID-19 vaccination site in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler will be replaced April 5 by an drive-thru operation inside a large business warehouse in Mesa in advance of approaching hot weather.

In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey arrives for a news conference to talk about the latest Arizona COVID-19 information in Phoenix. Ducey is prohibiting government mask mandates and allowing bars and nightclubs shuttered for months to open their doors without restrictions. Ducey's move Thursday, March 25, 2021, leaves in place few of the restrictions he implemented to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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The vaccination site now at Chandler-Gilbert Community College will use 30,000 square feet of a 500,000-square-foot distribution building belonging to Dexcom Inc. The Dexcom site will operate 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Arizona on Friday reported 571 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 24 more deaths, raising the state’s pandemic totals to 838,558 cases and 16,898 deaths.

The number of virus-related hospitalizations remains stable and is a fraction of the state’s pandemic high in January. Arizona's rolling averages of new cases and deaths have declined over the past two weeks.

Nearly 2 million people in the state have received at least one shot of a COVID vaccine.