PHOENIX – On Saturday, families across the valley were given their COVID-19 vaccine and then ran the bases under the bright lights of Chase Field. It was a family friendly event in the hope of attracting more people to join.
“We have Baxter dropping by. You have the option to take a family photo in the dugout right after the vaccination, “said Debbie Castaldo of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Before the doors opened, people like Ronni Vanbuskirk, a lifelong fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks, waited in hopes of not missing out on free tickets to an upcoming game.
“It says first come, first served. That’s why I wanted to be the first, “she said.
President Joe Biden started a Month of Action. to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates across the country. The goal is to vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4th.
Right now that number is 63%.
About 60,000 people are vaccinated each week in Arizona. At this rate, ABC15’s data expert determined that it would take until around October to hit that 70 percent goal.
“We’re trying to educate, we’re trying to let everyone know that these vaccines are safe and effective,” said Dr. Cara Christ, the state’s health director, runs these smaller events where we can speak in person and encourage them to get vaccinated and address their concerns. “
Because of this, the state is now shifting its strategy from large state websites like the State Farm Stadium to more community-oriented pop-up events.
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