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AZDHS to take over UArizona vaccination site Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

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TUCSON (KVOA) – It's a vital step for southern Arizona in the vaccine rollout. The state health department is set to take over the University of Arizona's vaccine site Thursday, making it the first state-run vaccination pod in southern Arizona.

This site was run by the Pima County Health Department. On Thursday, the state will be the ones administering vaccinations here on out.

On Tuesday, the state opened up nearly 12,000 appointments. But, they were all gone in the matter of two and a half hours.

Arizona Department of Health Services says its goal is to eventually operate the site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, just like the one up at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. At this stage in the game, this site could vaccinate nearly 6,000 individuals per day.

"We're stressing that you need an appointment before you come because we don't want traffic lined up down Campbell all the way back to Speedway," said University of Arizona President Robert Robbins.

If you didn't snag one of the 12,000 that were released for this site on Tuesday, the Pima County Health Department will begin allowing pre-registration for those 65 and older at 9 a.m. Thursday. In order to learn more about signing up for one of those, click here.

AZDHS says that the winter weather nation-wide has delayed allocation state-wide, but those who have appointments at this site shouldn't be worried. Sites administering Pfizer in both Maricopa and Pima counties currently have enough supply to maintain operations. For other sites, the situation is fluid.

"We will continue to partner with the county. If you have already registered for your first or second appointment at the university site, those will remain," Robbins added.

This state site is currently vaccinating those ages 65+, and those eligible in phase 1A and priority 1B of vaccinations. For more information on that criteria, click here.

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Frankie McLister

Frankie McLister is the Multimedia Journalist for News 4 Tucson Today. His interest in storytelling began when he was young and loves telling those of Southern Arizona.

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