Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order Wednesday to speed up access to the COVID-19 vaccine in the state.
In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, the Governor’s office says Ducey intends to streamline distribution and establish additional vaccination sites.
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Officials say instead of each county having their own implementation plans, Ducey wants the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a state-directed allocation model to ensure a uniform approach to the vaccination of high-risk and high-priority Arizonans.
In a tweet Wednesday afternoon, the Governor said in part, “This is a health emergency, and we need all levels of government and our health system operating as such. Vaccines don’t do any good sitting in a freezer.”