PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites, which were touted as a national model, will be shutting down later this month.
The state Department of Health Services announced Thursday all its mass vaccination sites are gradually winding down operations and will be closed by June 28. Health officials pointed to the growing number of options for people to get vaccinated including pharmacies, doctors’ offices and pop-up clinics.
The AZDHS says Saturday, June 5, will be the last day Arizonans can get their first dose of the vaccines at the state-run sites -- including the one at the University of Arizona -- and receive their second dose at the same clinic. After that, Arizonans can still receive their first dose at the sites but will be given information on alternative sites to receive their second shot.
Approximately 1.6 million vaccine doses have been administered across state mass vaccination sites. The very first one, which opened in State Farm Stadium in Glendale, drew praise from President Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, Arizona has reported 322 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and five deaths.