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Ducey announces vaccine distribution expansion to people 45 and older by April 1

In an interview with Mark Curtis, Gov. Ducey explained the age-based distribution system for vaccine rollout in the state.

ARIZONA, USA — In an interview on Thursday, Governor Doug Ducey explained the state's age-based vaccine distribution plan that will include individuals 45 and older by April 1.

Gov. Ducey discusses age-based plan decision

Ducey explained that the hope for Arizona is to get as many people as possible vaccinated as quickly as possible. 

"We want to vaccinate the maximum amount of people," Gov. Ducey said. "And the best way to do that, because the people that are most in harm's way, is by age." 

Gov. Ducey explains that the decision to focus on age instead of other factors, including disability, is based on the coronavirus's mortality. 

Details on the new Forest Bill

The new $24 million piece of legislation is aimed at helping to preserve forests throughout Arizona given the serious issue with wildfires. 

The Forest Bill will help to battle the threat of fires while working with a program that allows inmates in state prisons a chance to be wildland firefighters.

"It's a real win," Gov. Ducey said. "We need this kind of support and service from people and it gives an opportunity for inmates while they're in prison to find that purpose." 

During the interview, Gov. Ducey reflected on the year since the pandemic began.