Governor Announces Healthcare Workers Receiving Vaccine, Additional Funding

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

After the tour, the Governor also announced the state is distributing $15 million in additional funding to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) for health emergency needs. The funding will be used to help replenish the public health emergency fund.

“The vaccine is here, and we’re getting it to healthcare workers promptly,” said Governor Ducey. “This is a significant step in the fight against COVID-19 — but the fight isn’t over. We continue to urge Arizonans to follow mitigation measures and get the COVID-19 vaccine when possible. I’m grateful to the frontline workers, health care professionals and everyone working hard to get the vaccine distributed quickly and efficiently.”

Details on the Arizona healthcare workers, including ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ, who are among the first to receive the vaccine this evening:

  • Regina Villa, Registered Nurse
  • Olubunmi Onadeko, Certified Nursing Assistant
  • Eddy de la Torre, Registered Nurse
  • Allison McCabe, Registered Nurse at Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Will Smith, Arizona National Guard Medic
  • Captain Jeff Stieber, Mesa Fire Department
  • Captain Kenny Overton, Phoenix Fire
  • Dr. Ross Goldberg, Valleywise Health Surgeon
  • Dr. Edmond Baker, Community Physician
  • Dr. Cara Christ, Medical Doctor and ADHS Director

The Governor today was joined by ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ and Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs Director Major General Michael T. McGuire.

During the briefing, the Governor and Dr. Christ urged Arizonans to continue to follow health and safety precautions, especially during the holiday season, to slow the spread of COVID-19. ADHS has information on ways to stay safe and protect loved ones during the holidays at

View Arizona’s updated vaccine distribution plan HERE.

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