Sinema Statement on Administration’s Virtual Site-Visit

Feb 8, 2021

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema released the following statement:
“Today, the President will see firsthand Arizona’s need for a significant increase in vaccine doses. I look forward to continuing to work closely with the administration on our request for more vaccines – both at our state-managed vaccination sites and at other distribution sites across all 15 Arizona counties.”
Arizona is suffering from one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country. Sinema has heard from Arizonans who are in 1A and 1B vaccination groups, but are waiting hours online or by phone to secure vaccination appointments, and many are unable to schedule appointments at all. 
Recently, Senator Sinema and Senator Kelly jointly requested 300,000 vaccine doses immediately and an increase of 300,000 doses in the weekly allocation of vaccines to the state from the federal government, consistent with the State of Arizona’s request. The Senators’ joint request follows Sinema’s earlier request asking HHS and FEMA to provide more vaccination personnel, an immediate supplement of 300,000 vaccine doses, and an additional 300,000 doses added to Arizona’s usual weekly allocations. Senator Sinema is helping vaccination sites find more volunteers and volunteering at sites herself. She continues to communicate Arizona’s needs to federal partners, Pfizer, Moderna, and the new administration.