PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Deanna Lopez doesn't have a problem going to the doctor's office, but she isn't quite ready to get a COVID-19 vaccination, and she's not alone. "Just not sure," said Lopez. "Everyone has a different opinion, even what you hear on TV news, it's always a little different."

The Phoenix woman is one of many Arizonans still hesitant about getting a COVID-19 vaccine dose, and that's having a significant impact on the state's vaccination rate. According to the CDC, Arizona's vaccination rate has dropped significantly. Arizona now ranks 33rd in the country, which is down from 28th a few weeks ago.

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Tomas Leon is president of the Equality Health Foundation, a group devoted to reaching out to lower-income communities as part of the One Community Initiative. Their mission is to educate Arizonans about the benefits of being vaccinated while making sure shots are available where they live.

"The large PODs work for a greater number of people, but not for folks that have been hit hard in diverse, underserved communities," said Leon. "It's a 'meet me where I am' approach, to bring the vaccine into their neighborhood, that makes it easy and accessible."

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A number of mobile vaccine events have already taken place in hard-hit communities across the Valley, and more will be held in the weeks ahead. Lopez said that after having some of her concerns addressed by a health care professional, she's more open to getting a COVID-19 shot. "I'm pretty sure that I will eventually get it, now that I have more information," said Lopez. "The more information, the better."

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A vaccination event will be held at South Mountain Community College this Saturday, April 24, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more details, visit https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/one, or call 1-888-587-3647.

Jason Barry is best known for his Dirty Dining Report which airs Fridays at 6:30 p.m. on CBS 5.  He is also the storyteller behind CBS 5's Pay It Forward which airs every Thursday at 6:30 p.m.
 
 

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