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  • Vaccination opportunities expand at new Foothills Mall site

    May 19, 2021 | Read More News
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    A walk-up vaccination site at the Foothills Mall, 7401 W. La Cholla Blvd., is offering increased access to free COVID-19 vaccinations with weekend and evening hours and the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 and older.

    Foothills MallThe vaccination site, located in the previous Old Navy store, began operations May 16 and provides doses from all three approved vaccine manufacturers. The vaccination site is open from noon to 8 p.m. every day. No appointment is necessary.

    The Foothills Mall location offers the Pfizer vaccine, which is the only one approved for those under 18. Children ages 12 to 15 became eligible to receive the vaccine on May 13. The site, operated in partnership with the County by Premier Medical Group, also offers the two-dose Moderna vaccine and the one-dose shot from Johnson & Johnson. All three vaccines are available to anyone 18 and older.

    While large points of distribution were instrumental in the launch of the vaccination effort, Pima County and partners from across the community are finding success hosting smaller sites in various locations and in traditionally underserved areas.

    “The large operations made an incredible impact and allowed us to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people in a matter of just months,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, the director of the Pima County Health Department. “Over the course of the last few months we have also been tremendously successful in building up and perfecting our mobile and smaller scale operations as well. It is easier than ever to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Pima County.”

    The County is continuing to add to the growing list of places to put shots in arms with several new mobile sites every week, as well as partnering with FEMA on pop-up sites that stay in a single location for three days at a time. The next set of sites will be held May 19 through May 21 at the Northwest Service Center (1010 W. Miracle Mile) and Pima Community College East (8181 E. Irvington Road). Each site has all three vaccines.

    Many local pharmacies in the area also have vaccine availability.

    To find a site near you, go to www.pima.gov/covid19vaccine, or simply text GETVAX (438829) for English or VACUNA (822862) for Spanish to receive three vaccine sites straight to your phone within seconds. Help finding a site is also available by calling 520-222-0119.

    “The number of places to get vaccinated and how easy the process has become is making it more accessible to those looking to join the over 3.1 million people in Arizona who have received at least one dose,” said Cullen. “Our goal is to be ready and nearby when someone makes the decision to get theirs.”

    As this shift to smaller, more widespread sites continues, some of the larger operations within the County will close. On May 21, the CareMore Health location at 4750 S. Landing Way, near Irvington and I-19 will cease operations. The last day for the vaccination site at the Tucson Convention Center, operated by the City of Tucson, will be May 28.