YUMA, AZ (3Television/CBS 5) – An 85-year-old female traveled nearly 400 miles roundtrip to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Leonora Ochoa lives in Yuma but struggled to discover an appointment. That region in Arizona is now a main hotspot and officials say vaccine doses are in small supply.
“There are no vaccinations proper now. You might wait around until eventually April, May well, June even. I stated, ‘I could die by then,'” she said.
Just after the site scaled up functions, Tuesday’s capability noticed 200 doses administered an hour, or 4,800 vaccines in the very first 24 hours.
Ochoa resolved to vacation to Glendale to try and get vaccinated. Her son Enrique drove her to the Point out Farm stadium vaccination web site. She failed to have an appointment but was capable to get her first dose. Now, Arizona lawmakers are pushing for more vaccine doses in Yuma, so folks like Ochoa never have to travel so considerably.
Nearly 62K Arizonans have had both equally COVID-19 photographs, 281K acquired initially dose so much
“Only obtaining 14,000 doses of the vaccine is just not ample,” explained Arizona Rep. Charlene Fernandez.
The Arizona Office of Health and fitness Providers reported registration for vaccine appointments for those aged 65 and more mature will open at two point out-operate web pages at 9 a.m. these days.
Fernandez mentioned she sent a letter to President-Biden asking for assistance for the neighborhood she serves. She states Yuma’s populace ordinarily doubles in the wintertime. The spot has a substantial inhabitants of aged persons and seasonal agricultural workers, which she says could be contributing to the high COVID-19 numbers.
“We are in a actually dire scenario right here,” claimed Fernandez.
On Sunday, Arizona claimed 7,217 new coronavirus conditions and 68 more deaths.
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