In partnership with Fry’s Food Stores and Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Peoria Unified School District will host a closed COVID-19 Point of Dispensing (POD) vaccination site from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 at Liberty High School, 9621 W. Speckled Gecko Drive Peoria, AZ 85383, for Peoria Unified staff and other educators and childcare workers in the community. The event is by appointment only and it is expected that more than 800 individuals will receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination. 

“Partnering with MCDPH and Fry’s Food Stores to provide district staff and educators in our community with their vaccine is an important mitigation effort in response to COVID-19,” said Peoria Unified Superintendent, Dr. Jason Reynolds. “Peoria Unified is proud to serve as the host site and make the vaccine more widely available to eligible individuals in the northwest valley. Our hope is that the time, energy and effort put into supporting this closed POD will make our schools a safer place for the students, teachers and staff in our community to continue to work and learn.” 

“Throughout the pandemic, Fry’s Pharmacy’s priority has been the safety of our customers, associates and communities,” said Stephanie Spark, Pharmacy/Health & Wellness Director, Fry’s Food Stores.  “It’s meaningful and uplifting to us to be the immunization partner for Peoria Unified School District, whose teachers and child-care providers teach many of our associate’s children as well as many others in the community.”   

This closed POD is for the first dose of the Moderna vaccine and is available to educators and education staff who qualify. The event is not open to the greater community and eligibility will be checked upon arrival. Another event for the second dose will be held in March. Appointments are required to receive the vaccine.Anyone who received the Pfizer vaccine at State Farm Stadium or another POD is not eligible to receive the Moderna vaccine from the district’s closed POD. 

In addition to the vaccine, those with children in the car or at home will also drive away with free meals thanks to USDA and Peoria Unified’s Food & Nutrition team.  Children need to be 18 or younger but do not need to be enrolled in a Peoria Unified school. 

The media is asked to RSVP for the event to Danielle Airey or 623-249-1319.  

At Fry’s Food Stores, a company of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®.Headquartered in Tolleson, we employ more than 21,000 associates and operate 122 Fry’s Food Stores and 93 fuel centers across the state. Fry’s has been serving Arizonans since 1960 and was selected as the 2019 Business of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. As a division of The Kroger Co., we care about the communities we serve, working to end hunger and eliminate waste across the company through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan. In 2019 we provided 11 million meals to Arizona’s hungry families.  

Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 +students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.”