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Arizona Voices Of COVID-19: Matt Hoie On Waiting For A Vaccine

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,276 new cases of COVID-19 March 5 with 84 COVID-related deaths reported. Over 16,000 COVID-related deaths have been recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report 23% of adults 18 and older in Arizona have had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as of March 4, slightly ahead of the U.S. average of 21%.

Vaccination rates are highest among older Arizonans. In Maricopa County, two out of three adults 75 or older have had a shot.

Slowly, more and more people are getting the COVID-19 vaccine. After a year of waiting, many are anxious to get the shot. But there are still challenges, from confusing websites to no availability — and sometimes your group just isn’t on the list.

The Show will be hearing from a few voices in our community about the challenges of getting vaccinated.

This week, advocates called for the state to prioritize people with developmental disabilities like Down syndrome and autism.

As part of The Show series Arizona Voices Of COVID-19, The Show spoke with Matt Hoie, who's eager to get his first vaccine.

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Amy Silverman is a journalist, author and teacher based in her hometown, Phoenix.