CDC denies state request for more vaccine doses

Affects Pima County vaccines as well

County still facing vaccine issues

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - On Friday, the state’s Medical Director Dr. Cara Christ said she has put in a special request for an additional 300,000 weekly doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines from the CDC.

On Monday, the request was denied. It will get its normal 169,000 weekly doses.

Which means Pima County won’t get any extra either. It will get about 29,000 doses.

It’s no secret both the state and county could administer three times more vaccines if they were available.

Meantime, people wait.

“If we didn’t get any more vaccines this week, we would probably run out early next week,” said Dr. Theresa Cullen, the Pima County Health Director.

But Pima County will get more doses. It ordered 29,100 but that doesn’t mean it will get them. How many it will get will be known by mid week.

But that makes it nearly impossible to plan.

Pima County still plans on administering 35,000 doses next week even though it won’t receive that many.

So at some point, something has to give.

“If we continue to get the amount of vaccines we get this week, we’d run out of that vaccine in the next three to four weeks,” Dr. Cullen said.

So it’s a guessing game right now but President Joe Biden says the companies will ramp up their production to get more shots in people’s arms.

“I think with the grace of God, the good will of labor and the crick not rising, we me be able to get to one and a half million a day rather than one million,” he said.

That would be good for Pima County which has ramped up it’s infrastructure to do 15,000 to 16,000 a day to handle more doses if they come.

“You know, there’s an element of faith in this right,” said Dr. Cullen.

Copyright 2021 KOLD News 13. All rights reserved.