PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Friday morning that starting on the week of May 3, doctors' offices and clinics can start ordering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Clinics will be able to order up to 200 doses in a two-week period.
The change will allow ADHS registered doctor's offices and clinics to order the vaccine directly from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) without having to go through a county's health department, according to a press release from ADHS.
We are advancing #COVID19 vaccine availability farther into communities by enabling eligible doctors’ offices and other neighborhood healthcare providers to order the Moderna vaccine. Visit https://t.co/8of7xRB56s for details. #RollUpYourSleeve pic.twitter.com/FcIUILxR1A— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) April 30, 2021
"Now we know we got individuals who are still probably willing to get the vaccine but may be busy. So now we have to make it more convenient, more in the areas where they live, work and play," said ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ.
The state is expecting to get more than 100,000 doses. Dr. Gary Kirklis with the Phoenix Children's Hospital said although mass vaccination sites were essential in the beginning, now people need convience and conersation.
"They want a trusted source. They want someone that they know and getting that vaccine from their provider is a much better option I think than going to a mega hub where you're going to get the vaccine from a complete stranger," said Kirklis.
And it also leaves room to ease people's minds.
"One of the best parts of my job is being a trusted source of information where parents and patients can come to me and ask questions about what does this vaccine do? Is it safe? What do the studies show? what are my options?" said Kirklis.
State sites in the Phoenix-area are still providing COVID-19 vaccines at sites including Gila River Arena in Glendale, Desert Financial Arena in Tempe, WestWorld in Scottsdale, and Dexcom in Mesa. ADHS also has a list of pharmacies with available vaccine appointments. For more information on vaccines, you can visit ADHS' website here.