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'Pinhole Of Light At The End Of The Tunnel': Maricopa County Gets First Doses Of Vaccine

Published: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 12:18pm
Updated: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 - 12:52pm
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Marcy Flanagan.

The first shipments of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Arizona Dec. 14 with the first orders going to Pinal and Maricopa Counties to begin Phase 1A distribution on Thursday.

On Dec. 15, 3,900 vaccine doses are being sent to the Navajo Nation, where hospitalizations due to COVID-19 infection are four times higher than the national rate.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 4,134 new cases of COVID-19 and 64 additional deaths as of Dec. 15. In all, 7,422 people have now died from COVID-19 in our state.

Maricopa County received about 47,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and health care workers will start getting the vaccines this week.

But at the same time, the county and state are regularly hitting new peaks for the number of new COVID-19 infections, and hospitals remain near capacity. 

The Show spoke about all of that with Marcy Flanagan, executive director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

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