O’Halleran Demands Answers from Ducey on COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

February 16, 2021
Press Release

VILLAGE OF OAK CREEK—Today, Rep. Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) is demanding answers from Gov. Doug Ducey on Arizona’s vaccination rates and requesting additional resources be sent to rural and underserved areas. In a letter sent this morning, O’Halleran reiterated his unheeded request for regular Member-level and staff-level briefings, calling an open stream of communication between the state and Arizona’s federal delegation “necessary”.

View the letter, HERE.

“I was extremely disappointed that you were unable to make time to meet with our Congressional Delegation when you were in Washington, D.C. for the Presidential Inauguration, despite making time to meet with legislators from other states,” wrote O’Halleran in his letter. “As of February 14, Arizona has used 78 percent of its allocated doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines. Based on conversations with local public health and government officials, more needs to be done to provide longer-term certainty that sufficient vaccine doses will be available to Arizonans.”

In the letter, O’Halleran asks

  1. What resources would be necessary to ensure that the state can provide three weeks of vaccine allocations to counties and local health providers?
  2. How is the state of Arizona tracking the spread of new, potentially more contagious and deadly variants of COVID-19?
  3. How is the state of Arizona planning on ensuring individuals in rural and underserved areas have access to vaccines? Are additional federal resources, like funding for mobile vaccination centers, being considered?

“Today, I hope my letter conveys to the Governor that we must consider the needs of rural Arizona families who must often travel hours to receive basic medical care, including COVID-19 vaccines,” said O’Halleran. “The need for constant communication on this matter cannot be overstated.”

Today’s letter serves as a follow-up to an unanswered December 17, 2020 letter on Arizona’s Vaccination Plan. View the letter, HERE. O’Halleran sent letters to the Governor’s office letters asking for regular Congressional delegation meetings on November 24, 2020 and reiterated the request in a letter to the office requesting an in-person meeting on January 17, 2021.