/ Modified feb 1, 2021 5:39 p.m.

State wants more COVID-19 vaccines used

Health officials want to open more mass vaccination sites.

360 moderna vial A health care worker holds a vial of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine at a distribution event at Tucson Medical Center on Jan. 15, 2021.
Robert Lindberg/AZPM Staff

The Arizona Department of Health Services opened a new mass vaccine site, Monday, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

The site will serve 500 people a day, but could handle more if additional vaccines were available, according to Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The site is the second mass vaccination site operated by the state. Christ said she hopes to see more of the sites operated by the state opening in areas outside of Maricopa County, especially in rural areas.

Christ told reporters at the opening of the site that more vaccines are on the way including an additional 16% in the shipment of Moderna vaccine this week.

She wants to make sure those vaccines get used.

“We’d like to be using 70-80% of what we’ve got in the state each week,” Christ said.

Last week, the state used 64% of the available vaccine, according to state data. At that same time, Pima County used 80%, Cochise County used 83%, and Santa Cruz County used 78%.

The percentage of used vaccine tends to drop at the beginning of each week as more vials of the vaccine are sent to the counties. As the week goes on, the amount of vaccine used rises as doses are distributed.

By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona