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Arizona governor renews vaccination push as virus cases rise

Gov. Doug Ducey visited the University of Arizona Vaccination POD on March 24, 2021.
Posted at 1:02 PM, Jul 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-23 22:18:29-04

PHOENIX, Ariz. — As COVID-19 case numbers continue to climb in Arizona, the governor is reiterating calls for people to get vaccinated but is also maintaining it is a personal choice.

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said Friday that vaccines will never be mandated. But he also called them "the surest way of keeping you and your loved ones safe."

The state's top public health official also echoed that sentiment.

Dr. Cara Christ, however, hesitated to blame the unvaccinated. She says there's a lot of hesitancy and misinformation that scares people.

Their statements come as the state reported 1,479 new cases, the highest daily number in over a week.