Arizona Governor Won’t Definitively Say if He Will Mandate Coronavirus Vaccine

by Hannah Bleau

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) last week refused to definitively say whether he would require Arizonans to get a vaccine for the Chinese coronavirus once it is ready and available, explaining that he wants to see “the maximum level of compliance.”

The governor’s explanation coincides with reports that the state could see what has been described as “hundreds of thousands” of doses of a vaccine by the month’s end.

Last week, a reporter asked the Republican governor to explain if he would require Arizonians to get a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, but Ducey waffled, failing to answer the question directly.

“I agree with you that there’s a lot of rumors going around. But what we want to do is make sure we’re communicating the facts to the people of Arizona and much like masks, we want to see the maximum level of compliance,” Ducey began, articulating his view that the vaccinations are “our road back to a normal life.”

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