PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A Phoenix marijuana dispensary hosted a "pop-up, drive-thru" vaccination event on Wednesday.
Nature’s Medicines posted the event on its Facebook page. The dispensary offered the Moderna vaccine to those 18 and older, on a first-come, first-served basis. The event was held from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. All necessary forms will be available at the dispensary.
"It's a relief," said Carmen Garcias. She arrived hours before the event started just to make sure she could get a shot.
Nature's Medicines is the one of the first dispensaries in the Valley to offer this kind of healthing.
Senior Operating Partner Sweta Patel said with the help of the employees volunteering for the day, they were able to pull off the event in a matter of days. "We got the confirmation from the doctor Thursday night at 10 o'clock. Friday we put it out that we are having it this evening and we just had it like quick," said Patel.
A maximum of 4 people-per-vehicle were able to get vaccinated. Second vaccine appointments can be scheduled at the event. Patel, who is a pharmacist, says they had about 350 doses available. "You know, sharing is caring and this is how the way we wanted to care for the community," said Patel.
As of Tuesday, one-third of Arizona’s population has now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, says the Arizona Department of Health Services.