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Pima County to see a significant drop in COVID vaccines from the state next week
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Pima County to see a significant drop in COVID vaccines from the state next week

Mike Collier, a volunteer doctor with the Medical Reserve Corps, administers a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine while working his shift in the drive-thru vaccination program at the Tucson Medical Center, on Jan. 8, 2021.

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Pima County will receive only 17,850 doses of COVID-19 vaccine next week instead of the 29,000 doses it has been averaging each week from the state. 

In a letter from County Supervisor Sharon Bronson to U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly, Bronson said the following: 

"We had hoped for an increasing vaccination supply as in the past we typically received 12,500 vaccines per week. This number had increased over the last two weeks to 29,850 vaccines, consistent with our increased vaccine delivery infrastructure as well as our priority population; however, this week we have been notified by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) that our allocation has now decreased to 17,850."

Dolly Parton will wait for her coronavirus vaccine as she doesn't want people to think it's a "show."

Bronson said Pima County was notified by the state's Department of Health Services about this change Thursday, Feb. 4. 

"We have the vaccination infrastructure to significantly exceed this amount," she said.

Contact reporter Patty Machelor at 806-7754 or pmachelor@tucson.com


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