Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Team Joins
Vaccine Frontline Volunteer Force
Pam Kehaly, CEO of Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ)
A little over two weeks ago, Pam Kehaly, CEO of Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ), and Dr. Cara Christ, Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director, partnered with the National Guard to launch a COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. As of yesterday, the State Farm site had administered 74,000 vaccinations!
This has been a massive public health initiative to jump-start vaccinations while the state continues to work on additional distribution sites. The drive-through vaccination site is running 24/7 and is staffed every day by over 300 clinical and non-clinical volunteers, many of them Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona employees. BCBSAZ employees have been assisting around the clock in eight-hour shifts in various roles. Those with clinical backgrounds have been giving the vaccine, while our non-clinical volunteers have been helping in a variety of roles, including entering arriving patients into the state’s database and sitting with them post-vaccination to make sure they’re okay. Employees are being paid regular wages for two days of service, but most employees are working additional shifts, including weekend and overnight, to meet the demand. The whole team has been committed to spreading hope and helping the community get vaccinated and back to a healthier state.
According to Kehaly, “Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is honored to help Arizona recover faster. I’ve been at State Farm Stadium throughout the weeks, and have seen the great efforts of our team, the State of Arizona, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the National Guard. This is nothing short of a colossal act of love.”
From Our Employee Volunteers
Rachel Jozaites, Medical Policy Development & Research Specialist, “Hope was the key takeaway from my experience. It was palpable.” Jas Lee, Marketing Specialist, “It was the most rewarding volunteer experience I have had to date. The scope of the operation was far larger than I thought and worked very smoothly.”
Covid-19 Volunteers Rachel Jozaites and Jas Lee
About State Farm Stadium POD (Points of Dispensing)
As many sites are getting prepared for wide distribution, the goal of State Farm Stadium POD is to quickly ramp up vaccine administration and continue Arizona's path to recovery. State Farm Stadium has 10 drive-through lanes, administering 6,000 vaccines every 24 hours, by appointment. The POD will be open for the next several weeks, with $0 cost share. For eligibility information and appointments for this site, and others, go to the Arizona state registration site
The Arizona Department of Health Services is working hard to get all available doses of the vaccine to Arizonans at state sites, county sites, medical facilities, and long-term care facilities. If you are unable to secure an appointment, continue to check back; more appointments and locations will be coming available.
For more information about the State Farm Stadium POD, watch a news clip from KPNX-TV NBC 12News.
Who Can Get the Vaccine Right Now
Arizonans who meet eligibility for Phase 1A and 1B in the distribution of the vaccine.
- Healthcare workers
- Emergency medical workers
- Long-term care facility staff and residents
- K-12 school staff and childcare workers
- Law Enforcement/ Protective Services
- Adults age 75 and older
- Adults age 65 and older in select Arizona counties
Who is Next
Arizonans who meet Phase 1C eligibility.
For timing of other phases, please check the ADHS Vaccine Prioritization Plan.
- Adults ages 65 to 74
- Adults ages 16 to 64 with high-risk medical conditions. View the high-risk list at cdc.gov.
- Other essential workers, including:
- Food service
- Information technology
- Public safety
- Public health
As vaccine supplies increase, the CDC will continue to make recommendations about which groups to vaccinate next. Vaccines could start to be more widely available as soon as spring or early summer.
To get answers to the most common vaccine questions, visit azblue.com/coronavirus.
Every state is handling the distribution and registration for vaccines differently. To learn more about vaccine administration outside of Arizona, click here.
We will continue to bring you updates regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, and we wish you and your family a healthy 2021.
This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual’s physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual’s particular health plan.