PHOENIX — Update - Feb. 3, 2021
That's how long it took for some 21,000 appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine -- scheduled over the next two weeks at ASU's Phoenix Municipal Stadium -- to be completely booked, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Wednesday.
People were able to begin booking appointments online at 9 a.m. By 9:39 a.m., all appointments had been claimed, illustrating the immense demand there is for the COVID-19 vaccine.
The supply, however, is not meeting that demand, according to Arizona Gov Doug Ducey and ADHS Director Cara Christ.
"More appointments will be added as more vaccine becomes available," ADHS said Wednesday in a tweet.
Some 21,000 more appointments will be available for registration beginning Wednesday at the COVID-19 vaccination site at ASU's Phoenix Municipal Stadium, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Tuesday.
Registration will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Appointments will be available from Friday, Feb. 5 until Thursday, Feb. 18, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for prioritized Arizonans, including first responders, health care workers, and those 65 and older, the state said.
The Arizona Department of Health Services is opening up registration for 21,000 more appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. go to https://t.co/J4x6cIdoXx @abc15 be ready at nine and expect delays from a flood of people trying to get 1— Cameron Polom ABC (@cpolom) February 2, 2021
New appointments for #COVID19 vaccine will be available starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. Appointments will be available from Friday, Feb. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 18, between the hours of 7 a.m. & 5 p.m. at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Details: https://t.co/rCSAE0Q9jk pic.twitter.com/DvxsH1gcov— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) February 2, 2021
Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order to hopefully increase the state's vaccination efforts and make more vaccines available. The issue, however, has been the number of vaccines that the state has been able to receive.
To date, according to ADHS, more than 702,000 doses of the vaccine have been administered to more than 579,000 Arizonans, of which 109,000 have received both doses.
“We know the vaccine is in high demand, and we expect the appointments to fill quickly,” said ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ. “Building off of the success of the State Farm Stadium site, we are able to replicate these sites quickly to add capacity when we get vaccine. Our only limiting factor is the amount of vaccine we are receiving from our federal partners.”