Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccine rate falls behind states with similar populations

By Kylee Cruz | 3TV/CBS 5

During the first full week in April, more than 70,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses were given out in Arizona on three separate days.

However, this past Sunday, April 25, only 16,178 doses were given out across Arizona. While Sundays typically have lower vaccine distribution rates, more than 12,000 fewer vaccines were given out last Sunday than the Sunday before. When you compare Arizona to other states with similar populations, like Massachusetts and Washington, we’re behind. 

According to AP Data World, 40% of the population in Arizona has received at least one dose. Currently, we rank #32 among states. In Washington, 45% of people have had at least one shot. In Massachusetts, the number is even higher! Massachusetts ranks #2 in the country with 54% of the population having at least one dose.  According to the CDC, Massachusetts has given out 900,000+ more doses than Arizona. 

So why are other states doing better? 

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