Bipartisan Letter Urges Vaccines for Persons With Disability Featured

Representative David Cook March 11, 2021 229


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  • Representative David Cook (R-8) and 12 other Representatives sent a letter to Governor Ducey
  • They are urging that people with disabilities be allowed to receive the CCOV vaccine as quickly as possible
  • Currently the prioritization status is based on age or essential worker status
  • Read more…


Vaccine Prioritization should included persons with a disablity, Representatives urge


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – A bipartisan letter, authored by Representative David Cook (R-8) and signed by 12 House colleagues, sent today to Governor Doug Ducey urges the state to prioritize persons in the Arizona Long Term Care System to receive the COVID-19 vaccine:


Dear Governor Ducey,


We want to start by thanking you for your leadership in getting the COVID-19 vaccine in the arms of Arizonans. While it has not been perfect, your team has demonstrated a willingness to learn and adapt during the vaccine distribution process to ensure Arizonans are vaccinated as quickly as possible. In fact, news reports recently stated that Arizona's vaccine distribution grade went from a "C" last month to an "A" this month according to a report card by Harvard researchers. Under your leadership and in conjunction with our county partners, 1,442,915 Arizonans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 828,315 Arizonans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 


Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a recent change to the vaccine prioritization has resulted in further delaying one of the most vulnerable populations from receiving the vaccine. Now that the prioritization approach determines eligibility based on age or essential worker status, those who are part of the Arizona Long Term Care System (ALTCS) that reside at home who may not be eligible based on their age are forced to the end of the line. Considering these individuals are at a higher risk of contracting and getting sick from COVID-19, we respectfully ask you to consider strategies to get these individuals vaccinated as quickly as possible so they can resume their lives and reinstate social connectedness without fear of contracting the virus.  These people, as we feel you understand have a high need for person to person contact as in one of your executive orders maintained that public school districts had to maintain an onsite educational opportunity for these individuals during the pandemic.


We understand there have been many challenges throughout this public health emergency, and yet you have demonstrated compassion for the most vulnerable. We also understand this issue is likely an oversight that can be easily addressed. This group of individuals were scheduled for 1C in vaccinations and right before there opportunity the change in eligibility by age moved them to the bottom.  We ask you to please consider our request to address this and let us know how we can be of any assistance in doing so.




Representative David Cook, Legislative District 8             

Representative Brenda Barton, Legislative District 6               

Representative Kevin Payne, Legislative District 21

Representative Mark Finchem, Legislative District 11         

Representative Joel John, Representative, District 4                

Representative Beverly Pingerelli, Legislative District 21

Representative Cesar Chavez, Legislative District 29          

Representative Domingo DeGrazia, Legislative District 10            

Representative Jennifer Longdon, Legislative District 24

Representative Quang Nguyen, Legislative District 1         

Representative Justin Wilmeth, Legislative District 15               

Representative Amish Shah, Legislative District 24

Representative Diego Rodriguez, Legislative District 27


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