Dr. Christ: Arizona COVID vaccine shortage won’t cause cancellations

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By Kevin Stone | KTAR

Despite a COVID-19 vaccine supply shortage, Arizona’s top health official said Thursday that appointments won’t be canceled.

“There will be vaccine available,” Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show. “We know that we’ve got vaccine here in the Valley that we can redistribute, and so no one should worry about showing up at the vaccine site today or tomorrow to get vaccinated.”

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As of Thursday morning’s ADHS COVID-19 dashboard update, 1,045,644 of the state’s 1,220,400 allotted vaccine doses had been administered. That represents 85.6% of the allocation.

The federal government distributes additional vaccine to states each week. Christ said Arizona has been receiving about 170,000 doses weekly.

Arizona reports 1,977 new COVID-19 cases, 176 more deaths Wednesday

Christ and other state officials have been pressing federal authorities to increase Arizona’s weekly shipments by 300,000 doses.

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