Making Vaccines Equitably Available to All Persons in Pima County, Arizona, 2020-2021

Am J Public Health. 2022 Nov;112(11):1560-1563. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2022.307040.


We review the Pima County (Arizona) Health Department's efforts to achieve equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution in a county with a social vulnerability index of 0.88. We expedited vaccine distribution, focusing on equitable distribution, implementing a multi-point of dispensing approach, and using a periurban and rural strategy. Pima County has one of the highest vaccine distribution percentages among the highest social vulnerability index quartiles and is more than 10 percentage points ahead of other large counties in Arizona in vaccine uptake. (Am J Public Health. 2022;112(11):1560-1563.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Arizona
  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • COVID-19* / prevention & control
  • Humans
  • Potassium Iodide
  • Vaccines*


  • COVID-19 Vaccines
  • Vaccines
  • Potassium Iodide