ARIZONA NEWS

COVID-19 vaccinations slowing down in Arizona six months into rollout

Jun 14, 2021, 4:45 AM | Updated: 5:35 am

(Facebook photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)...

(Facebook photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

(Facebook photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

PHOENIX — Six months into the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Arizona, fewer people are lining up to get the shot.

About 72,000 doses were being administered per day statewide at the peak of vaccinations toward the end of March and the beginning of April. Now, it’s down to about 17,000.

The pace of vaccinations is also slowing down in Maricopa County, where about 10,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being given out daily.

“At the peak, when the vaccine was first available, we were seeing upwards of 30,000 doses a day being administered — so it has slowed down,” Marcy Flanagan, executive director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, told KTAR News 92.3 FM.

Flanagan pointed out some people haven’t been vaccinated because they still aren’t sure and have questions about the vaccines, while others face barriers such as transportation.

About 50% of all Maricopa County residents who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine have gotten at least one dose. The county aims to increase that number through the “Take Care” campaign launched last week.

“It really is to let people know that vaccines are safe, they’re effective and they do prevent serious illness of COVID-19,” Flanagan said.

The campaign will include television and radio ads, billboards and social media promotions in English and Spanish. It’ll feature Maricopa County residents sharing why they got vaccinated against COVID-19, as well as images from vaccine events organized by the county.

The campaign also seeks to let people know it’s okay to have questions about the vaccines, and it encourages people to seek out information from trusted sources, including family doctors, health care providers and public health professionals.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Roberto Jay Vasquez, 63, went missing on Wednesday, DPS said...

Serena O'Sullivan

Silver Alert issued for missing 63-year-old man last seen walking in Phoenix

The Arizona Department of Public Safety issued a Silver Alert on Thursday evening for Roberto Jay Vasquez, 63, who was last seen Wednesday.

33 seconds ago

A lot of money stuffed inside a briefcase....

KTAR.com

Fantasy 5 ticket worth $348,000 sold at grocery store in Phoenix

Luck struck at a Phoenix grocery store after one person hit the jackpot in an Arizona Lottery game on Wednesday, officials said.

9 minutes ago

Arizona and New York attorneys feud over extraditing suspect...

Associated Press

Why Alvin Bragg and Rachel Mitchell are fighting over extraditing suspect in New York hotel killing

Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell says she isn't into extraditing a suspect due to her lack of faith in Manhattan’s top prosecutor.

1 hour ago

Phoenix child in extremely critical condition after drowning in backyard pool...

Serena O'Sullivan

2-year-old in critical condition after being pulled from backyard pool in Phoenix

A 2-year-old girl is in "extremely critical" condition after being pulled from a Phoenix pool on Thursday evening.

2 hours ago

phoenix police asked public to find homicide suspect after dead body found in canal...

KTAR.com

Phoenix police ask for public help in investigation of dead body found in canal

Phoenix police found a dead body in a canal on Wednesday. Now detectives are asking the public for help in finding the homicide suspect.

2 hours ago

Follow @GriseldaZetino...

Sponsored Content by Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

Sponsored Articles

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinics: transforming health care in the valley

Midwestern University, long a fixture of comprehensive health care education in the West Valley, is also a recognized leader in community health care.

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

COVID-19 vaccinations slowing down in Arizona six months into rollout