Did No-Bid Contract Bring Increased Vaccination Rates To One Phoenix ZIP Code?

Published: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 12:06pm
Updated: Monday, April 19, 2021 - 1:51pm
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Arizona recently poured $1.2 million into a pilot program designed to increase vaccinations in one low-income, Hispanic ZIP code.

When that program began, the 85009 ZIP code, just west of the state Capitol, had among the lowest vaccination rates in the county.

The state awarded a no-bid contract to Mario Diaz, a former campaign consultant for Gov. Doug Ducey, and $1.2 million later, the 85009 ZIP code is still at the bottom of the list.

But now the state wants to expand that pilot program, putting another $3 million into an education campaign in other low-income, low-vaccination neighborhoods.

To learn more about this program and the man who got the contract, The Show spoke with Dennis Welch, political reporter at Arizona's Family.

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