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ASU to open a COVID-19 vaccination site at the SDFC

The state has allocated 1,000 vaccinations to ASU to dispense weekly

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An illustration imposed on a photo of the Sun Devil Fitness Complex at the ASU Tempe campus on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. The SDFC will be used to distribute vaccines on campus.

ASU has been granted an allocation of 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines by the state to distribute weekly at the Sun Devil Fitness Complex at the Tempe campus, according to a University spokesperson.

The site is set to open and distribute vaccines on Jan. 22 and Jan. 25, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to those eligible and have not begun the vaccination process: healthcare practitioners, health care support workers, lab workers and those over 65, according to the spokesperson. 

More dates and details about the site will be announced soon, the spokesperson said.

University employees eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine "are identified by the ASU human resources department and provided to the Arizona Department of Health Services" who will then email the employee instructions about registration, the spokesperson said.

The employees will then select the vaccine site at SDFC by entering the 85281 ZIP code, where the Tempe campus is located, when registering.

Approximately 11,500 ASU community members are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as of Jan. 13.

The University has not provided The State Press with the number of ASU community members who have been vaccinated, but eligible employees have been asked to "email a copy of their COVID-19 vaccination record card to Employee Health and Wellness." 

An email obtained by The State Press from ASU's human resources and University Business Services departments sent to some professors to share with their students asked them to volunteer for "on-campus support for the COVID vaccine administration endeavor." 

Students who volunteer for three or more shifts at the vaccine site will be provided personal protective equipment and "will be able to get the COVID vaccine while on site," the email said. The email said 500 vaccines would be distributed each day open.

Neither the spokesperson nor the email said how many students would be needed as support staff at the ASU COVID-19 vaccine site. The email did not say what role the students would have beyond being a member of the "support staff at the vaccination sites."

According to the email shared with students, the site is expected to be opened for at least the next eight weeks, but the University spokesperson did not confirm the exact duration the site will operate.

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona has been distributed 797,550 COVID-19 vaccines so far and 303,899 vaccines have been administered. Over 40,000 people have been vaccinated with both necessary doses for the vaccine.

There are 763 active COVID-19 cases within the ASU community, according to a Monday update. Since Aug. 1, ASU has reported 5,604 cumulative cases.

Since the Monday update, cumulative cases within the 85281 ZIP code have increased by 183, according to ADHS ZIP code data tracked by The State Press.

Arizona had 9,398 newly reported COVID-19 cases and 244 newly reported deaths Thursday, according to the ADHS website.

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Wyatt MyskowProject Manager

Wyatt Myskow is the project manager at The State Press, where he oversees enterprise stories for the publication. He also works at The Arizona Republic, where he covers the cities of Peoria and Surprise.

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