Here are 5 big problems with Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Arizona Department of Health Services director Dr. Cara Christ administers COVID-19 vaccines for law enforcement officers at the state-run vaccine site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Feb. 1, 2021.Office of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

By Stephanie Innes and Alison Steinbach | Arizona Republic

Just 1.6% of Arizonans had been fully immunized with two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Wednesday and the state’s rollout has been plagued by computer hiccups and public frustration.

Ironing out some of the big problems could help the state meet its goal of vaccinating 3.5 million people, nearly half of Arizona’s population, by July 1. 

Here are five problems with the rollout that have emerged so far:

Arizona doesn’t publicly share enough data about COVID-19 vaccinations

Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccine plan pledges to “equitably” distribute the vaccine.

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Yet Arizona to date has not shared any demographic information about the people who have been vaccinated, though state health officials say they are working on making that data available on its website.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, in a survey released Tuesday, found 23 states that were publicly reporting vaccination data by race/ethnicity.

Arizona was not one of them.

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