Gov. Ducey says vaccine rollout in Arizona needs to go faster

Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 at 6:26 AM MST
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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says more needs to be happening to get more COVID-19 vaccines on the ground and into the arms of people across the state.

“This is an ASAP situation,” says Ducey.

Latest numbers show more than a half-million doses have been given across the state. Ducey says the infrastructure and resources are in place to get more doses out than what’s being offered.

“It’s a really good problem,” he said. “I need our county health officers to go faster. I’m asking them how we can best support them, and we’re demanding from our federal government for as much vaccine as we can possibly get.”

Ducey says he speaks with the Biden Administration at least twice a week, and is working with them to explain his expectations, so that people in Arizona waiting for a vaccine have a better idea of when they’ll get it.

“This is a team sport right now, it should see no partisan lines,” said Ducey.

The White House says an increased supply of vaccine could arrive in Arizona as soon as next week, but numbers of that increase are still unclear.

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