As many struggle to get COVID-19 vaccination appointments online, one Phoenix pharmacy is allowing people to walk-in to make their appointments.

PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- There are now over 200 locations throughout Maricopa County where you could possibly schedule a appointment for the COVID-19, if you qualify. 

Phase 1B for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution has started in Maricopa County for K-12 school staff and child care workers, people age 65 and over, and law enforcement. 

CLICK HERE: Latest COVID-19 vaccine locations in Maricopa County

In addition to the 24/7 vaccination facility at State Farm Stadium in Glendale and the facility at Phoenix Municipal Stadium there are several vaccination locations around Maricopa County. These spots fill up quick, often minutes after they release appointments.    

Now, there are over 200 pharmacies and clinics in the Phoenix area that are offering the vaccine for people 65 and older. According to Maricopa County Public Health, these pharmacies have been allocated to provide the vaccine and more locations will be added.

All you need a valid ID to show your age and to have a scheduled appointment -- they are required, and no walk-ins will be available. 

Bethany Home Discount Pharmacy is one of a few locally-owned locations now offering COVID-19 vaccines.

"We've already given 100 vaccines last week and now we're expecting 400 vaccines. Most of them are already reserved. Hopefully, we get more in the future and we try to immunize as much as we can," said Sateesh Anathu, the pharmacist and owner of Bethany Home Discount Pharmacy.

Anathu said he started working with the state health department in November as they were gearing up to plan the vaccine rollout.

His pharmacy, which is located near 66th Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale, is allowing people to walk in to make an appointment or call by phone.

"They're coming from all over the places, who are 75 and older, people who don't have computer access, people who don't have a commute to go to a vaccine station," said Anathu. "They can call us, they can go through online website and they can fill out our page and questionnaire and all that stuff. If they don't have access, they can come in and we can do the appointment."

Right now, they're not able to give vaccines to walk-ins.

"It's very time-limited and then we have to use within six-hour window so we need to know how many doses, how many clients are coming based on how we can plan properly," Anathu explained.

He said those who cannot make an appointment right away are put on a waitlist in case there are any cancelations.

Anathu said he hopes his small pharmacy can make a difference in the fight against COVID-19.

"We're very happy and fortunate to be in this fight against COVID and we are very glad we're also part of this program--the immunization program through the country," said Anathu. "This is very important for us, especially doing our business and getting nice word of the pharmacy that we also doing other immunizations apart of medications."

For more information about receiving a vaccine call your local pharmacist or click here for more details.

Maricopa County vaccine prioritization overview

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