Arizona Gov. Ducey Grants State Power To Redirect Unused Vaccines

By Katherine Davis-Young
Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 2:37pm
Updated: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 - 11:32am

The first shipments of coronavirus vaccine
Maricopa County Public Health
The first shipments of coronavirus vaccines arrived in Arizona on Dec. 14, 2020.

In the six weeks since the first coronavirus vaccines were administered in Arizona, the state has given fewer than 10,000 shots per day and Arizona has used only about half of the vaccines it's been allocated. Gov. Doug Ducey wants the process to go faster. 

In an advisory Tuesday, the governor granted the state more power to decide where vaccines are delivered. 

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Most vaccines in Arizona are currently being distributed at the county level. Tuesday's advisory is Ducey's most recent move aimed at granting more power to the state health department. In a December executive order, he allowed the state to establish its own vaccine allocation model. The new advisory requires vaccinators to report plans for administering unused doses and gives the state the power to send those doses elsewhere if they can be given out faster.

"This advisory will provide transparency in the pace of vaccination administration, and allow us to direct vaccine doses to where they will be most rapidly distributed,” Ducey said in a press release

The two state-run vaccination sites at State Farm Stadium and Phoenix Municipal Stadium already pull from Maricopa County’s vaccine supply. The health department wants to add additional state-run sites across Arizona.

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