Walk-in vaccinations may be coming soon

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ administers a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday at the state site operated at the University of Arizona./ Governor’s Office photo

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services 

Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 may soon be as simple as a flu shot.

Dr. Cara Christ, the state health director, said Friday she is looking at allowing walk-ins, at least at state-run inoculation sites.

That would allow people to avoid the issues of trying to get an appointment online or through a phone line. And those portals provide access only to state-operated sites.

Getting an appointment elsewhere, including pharmacies and grocery chains, requires individuals to go to each facility’s specific web site to set up a time.

All this comes as the latest figures show that just a quarter of Arizonans are fully immunized, though 37% have gotten at least one dose of a two-shot routine..

Christ said those figures are a bit misleading as they are based on the total number of Arizonans. But the vaccines now available are approved only for those either 16 or 18 years and old, depending on the manufacturer.

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