Joyce Clark

Joyce Clark was successful in scheduling her second COVID-19 vaccination, but it wasn’t easy.

Despite Gov. Doug Ducey proclaiming on CNN and elsewhere about the success of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout at State Farm Stadium, many have had a frustrating time getting a first or second appointment.

Those 65 and older and teachers are in the current group eligible for vaccines.

Councilwoman Joyce Clark said she was able to get both doses of the two-shot regimen, but not without a struggle.

“Making an appointment for my first COVID shot was relatively easy, and I received it in the early part of January,” she said.

“Getting an appointment for the second shot has been nearly impossible. I simply could not get on online. I was either bumped off the site repeatedly or there were absolutely no slots available.”

She said her third attempt to call the hotline was successful. “I was able to get an appointment for my second shot at 2 a.m. on Feb. 8,” she said

The Arizona COVID-19 hotline number is 1-844-542-820.

State Farm Stadium is a state vaccination site.

Maricopa County also has several vaccination point of distribution (POD) sites.

The Maricopa County PODs delivered more than 223,000 vaccine doses as of Jan. 28 in five weeks of operation.

“Maricopa County Public Health is in the process of sending more than 45,000 email notifications to people who received their first vaccine dose at county POD,” according to the county. “The emails contain an invitation to private, second dose events happening in the next few weeks. The goal is getting these second doses administered as close to the manufacturer recommended timeframe (21 days for Pfizer) as possible.  

“If you are in this group, make sure to check your inbox (and your spam folders) for an email from

podvaccine-noreply@azdhs.gov.”

Abrazo West in Goodyear and Grand Canyon University in West Phoenix just outside Glendale will serve as a location for second dose appointments.

For more information, visit maricopa.gov/COVID19vaccine.