Maricopa County residents have received more than 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

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Maricopa County residents have received more than 2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Maricopa County residents have received more than 2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)

Maricopa County residents have received more than 2 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the county.

Those doses have gone into the arms of 1.3 million residents representing nearly 40% of county residents over the age of 15, the county said.

“The speed at which Maricopa County residents are getting vaccinated shows how much can be done when partners come together,” said Marcy Flanagan, Maricopa County Department of Public Health executive director, in a statement.

All county residents age 16 and over are eligible to be vaccinated. Pfizer is the only vaccine authorized for use in individuals ages 16 and 17, and individuals age 18 and older can receive any of the three authorized vaccines, per the vaccine Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations.

“Vaccines are an important step towards putting this pandemic behind us,” said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, the public health department's medical director for disease control. “The sooner we get enough of the community vaccinated and reach herd immunity, the sooner we can get back to seeing family and friends the way we normally would.”


Maricopa County residents are receiving an average of almost 35,000 doses of vaccine per day, up about 5,000 doses per day over the prior week. The program has been going for five months.

Almost 40% of all vaccine doses given have been those that completed the vaccine series for a Maricopa County resident, the first dose of a one-dose series or the second dose of a two-dose series.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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