Fewer vaccines are arriving in Yuma County this week

News 11’s Crystal Jimenez is investigating the cause of the reduced shipping

YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) – The Yuma County Public Health Services District reported it is receiving a lower allocation of COVID-19 vaccines this week as problems were reported last week.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order last month requiring providers to specify exactly how many vaccines they are giving. Ducey wants to track vaccines to make sure they are used before the expiration date.

Diana Gomez, director of the Yuma County Public Health District (YCHPD), said there were vendors who hadn’t submitted their reports by last Friday’s deadline.

Yuma County couldn’t tell us how many doses it expected in the next round of allotments, but Gomez expects it to be fewer than in the past few weeks.

Gomez stressed the importance of vendors meeting the deadline on time during Monday’s Yuma County Board of Supervisors’ meeting.

Gomez informed the supervisors about the solution to the problem. She said the problem was fixed and the data was updated.

Sunset Health, the Regional Border Health Center, and Yuma Regional Medical Center told News 11 that they all have dedicated teams to work solely on documentation and reporting as per state requirements.

On Wednesday in the Early Edition, News 11 tells Crystal Jimenez more about the key factors influencing vaccine allocation in Yuma County.

* Correction – 2:18 p.m .: Updated to reflect the fact that YCPHD cannot predict how many doses of COVID-19 vaccine it will receive in this week’s allotment.

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