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  • Pima County announces changes to Kino drive-through vaccination site due to hot weather

    Apr 13, 2021 | Read More News
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    The COVID-19 drive-through vaccination site managed by Banner – University Medicine at Kino Stadium will deliver its last doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on May 14 before shutting down permanently due to hot weather.

    Banner-KinoHours at the Kino Stadium site will shift on April 17 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, in order to keep the public, staff and volunteers out of the heat. Patients will be notified by Banner directly if their appointment times need to be adjusted due to this change.

    "We're grateful to Banner for their collaboration with Pima County in getting so many shots in arms quickly and efficiently," said Pima County Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. "The County exceeded its early vaccination goals and has worked with partners to expand indoor operations and keep the momentum going."

    The Banner-operated site will be delivering only second doses after April 17. Preparing for this shift, the County on April 12 opened an indoor facility on the north side of Ajo Way at Kino Event Center, 2805 E. Ajo Way, for first- and second-dose appointments that can be made at podvaccine.azdhs.gov.

    Banner has administered more than 140,000 doses of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines within Pima County since the County began its vaccination effort in December 2020.

    Banner had been operating two vaccine distribution sites until March 2021, when Banner consolidated its COVID-19 vaccination sites in Pima County, closing its location at Banner – University Medicine North.

    “The resourcefulness and dedication of our staff and volunteers have made the distribution of vaccines at our sites a streamlined operation. We can’t thank them enough for meeting the challenges of creating these sites from the ground up and facing extreme weather conditions to focus on the needs of our community,” said Chad Whelan, MD, chief executive officer of Banner – University Medicine - Tucson.

    “It has been our pleasure to partner with Pima County on this very important effort,” said Sara Frost, chief executive officer of Banner – University Medical Center Tucson and South. “We will provide ongoing support to the health department as they continue their vaccination efforts in Pima County, and we hope all community residents will choose to get the vaccine when it is your turn.”

    For all of the registration options in Pima County, visit our COVID-19 vaccine information page at www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine.