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PHOENIX – Arizona’s first indoor drive-thru COVID-19 mass 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 Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
It will open on April 5 and replace the state-run site at Chandler-Gilbert Community College, which will cease operations April 3.
Since March 14, people who have been receiving first doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Chandler site have been booked for their second shots in Mesa.
“We’re grateful for the support from Dexcom and other partners to make this indoor site a reality and maintain our momentum getting vaccine to Arizonans,” ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said in a press release.
“Patients, staff, and volunteers will be grateful as well since we’re nearing the point when operating outside will become hazardous as temperatures climb.”
About 30,000 square feet of Dexcom’s 500,000-square-foot regional distribution center will be used for the vaccine operation through June 30, according to the release. Dexcom makes glucose monitoring products for people with diabetes.
The Mesa site will operate daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 3,000-4,000 appointments per day to start. It has the capacity to be a 24/7 site and administer 12,000 shots per day, according to the release.
Christ first revealed plans for a move from Chandler to Mesa last week, but details about the new operation weren’t confirmed until Friday.
She also said last week that State Farm Stadium in Glendale, the state’s only 24/7 site, will pause operations at midnight on April 3 and become an overnight-only site beginning April 4. The site will give out vaccinations daily from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.
Christ said the state was still evaluating indoor options in the West Valley to account for daytime vaccinations when things heat up.
The Chandler-Gilbert Community College site first opened as a county-run operation. It was transitioned into a state-run site on March 3.