Gov. Ducey will reconsider denying FEMA vaccine center to Pima County

By Nicole Ludden | Arizona Daily Star 

Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday he would reconsider his denial of a federally run vaccination site in Pima County.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency offered to set up a vaccination center in the county, but the governor turned down the offer last week.

On Wednesday morning, the Pima County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to appeal to the state to reconsider allowing the FEMA site.

If Ducey rejects the offer from FEMA again, supervisors said the county will work with its congressional delegation to make the county the sponsoring agent of the federal vaccine site and implement it without the state’s approval.

“We’re going to stay focused on distributing the vaccine,” Ducey said at a news conference during a visit to the University of Arizona state vaccination site. “I’m going to revisit this issue because the Board of Supervisors feels so strongly about it. But the objective is going to remain putting shots in arms.”

Last week, Dr. Cara Christ, state health department director, mentioned concerns that the federal vaccination center would drain state resources and possibly take away vaccines from the state’s total allocation.

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