GCU vaccine Point of Dispensing site information

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Grand Canyon University is stepping up to assist with COVID-19 vaccination efforts in Arizona by becoming a public Point of Dispensing (POD) site for the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). This endeavor mirrors the values and mission of GCU to care for those in our community and is part of a broader University initiative to positively impact the neighborhood in which it resides.

Location: GCU commercial hub on northeast corner of Camelback and 27th Avenue. Entrance is off 27th Avenue.

Hours of operation: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Who is eligible: Following Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidelines, individuals in the Phase 1A protocol who are in need of a second dose of the vaccine and Phase 1B Priority Groups, including adults 75 and older, K-12 teachers and staff, child care workers and  law enforcement. 

For more information, please visit Maricopa County COVID Vaccine Eligibility Site https://www.maricopa.gov/5641/COVID-19-Vaccine

What’s different about GCU’s site: Two things. (1) The GCU site targets the most vulnerable of our population by offering vaccinations to people who lack a vehicle and must rely on public transportation or a shuttle to get to a POD. GCU is the only POD in Maricopa County where this is available. Individuals still must have an appointment and be eligible in Phase 1A and 1B  to use this walk-through service. (2) The POD is operated almost completely by GCU students, faculty and staff volunteers who assist clinical volunteers from MCDPH.

FAQs

Do I need an appointment? And how do I get one?

Yes, an appointment through the Arizona registration site is required. Go to https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ to schedule an appointment. If you prefer to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment over the phone, call 1-844-542-8201.

Why can’t I see the GCU site as an option when I try to register online?

If the GCU site is not viewable when you are trying to register, that means no appointments are available at that time. Check often as appointments may be added throughout the day.

Which vaccine is being administered?

GCU is providing the Pfizer vaccine to individuals.

How many vaccinations will GCU be able to administer each day?

GCU has been administering more than 1,000 vaccinations per day.

If I already have an appointment at another POD, can I change my appointment to GCU?

No. The state appointment system does not allow changing appointments. Advance appointments help each POD site with vaccine availability for each day. Changing an appointment between a state- and county-operated POD may impact your ability to schedule second dose. 

Why are Maricopa County and Arizona State guidelines different, especially as it relates to the age cutoff?

Because of vaccine availability, Maricopa County is currently not including those age 65-74. Please visit Maricopa County for more details https://www.maricopa.gov/5651/Phase-1B

Vaccines for people ages 65-74 are available only at the state-operated POD locations of State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

What is the cost to get a vaccine?

Vaccines are free, regardless of whether you have insurance.

If I receive my first dose at GCU, how will I schedule the second dose?

Please continue to monitor the email used for scheduling the first appointment.  A second email will be sent prior to 21 days out with an invitation to schedule your appointment for the second dose at GCU. If you did not provide an email, please visit GCU POD after 21 days, bringing your vaccine card. If you do not receive an email, please check your junk email. The registration/appointment system will send the email between 1 to 7 days before available appointments. This type of email invitation appointments will not be found on a public webpage. 

Can others in my vehicle receive a vaccine if I have an appointment?

Only those people who qualify under Maricopa County guidelines and have made an appointment will be administered the vaccine. Any plus-ones in the vehicle must also have an appointment in order to receive the vaccine.

Can I volunteer at the GCU POD if I am not an employee or student?

At this time, volunteer opportunities are open only to the pool of 25,000+ GCU students, faculty and staff, as they have already been vetted. GCU will consider an expansion of the pool of volunteers in the future if necessary to ensure that the POD is meeting the community demand for the COVID-19 vaccines. 

Where can I get more general information about the vaccines?

Please visit:

https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download
https://www.maricopa.gov/5651/Phase-1B

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