Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Washing your hands remains as important as ever

wash hands thoroughlyFrom the time most people were children, parents and teachers stressed the importance of washing our hands. In the nearly two years since COVID-19 appeared, health officials around the world have repeated the same good advice.

As we recognize National Handwashing Awareness Week, with holiday gatherings underway […]

By | December 3rd, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Washing your hands remains as important as ever

Arizona has plenty of vaccine for COVID-19 vaccine boosters and first doses

Vaccines availableI’m glad to see the ADHS data dashboard showing increased demand lately for COVID-19 booster shots and primary vaccinations. Federal officials and ADHS have advised repeatedly that vaccination is the best way to prepare for uncertainties posed by the […]

By | December 2nd, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Arizona has plenty of vaccine for COVID-19 vaccine boosters and first doses

ADHS Bureau of Vital Records becomes nation’s third to obtain accreditation

Birth CertificateArizona icon and Senator Barry Goldwater was just 6 months old in July 1909 when the Bureau of Vital Records began keeping track of births and deaths throughout Arizona. 

Today, the Arizona Department of Health Services’ bureau is one of just […]

By | December 1st, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on ADHS Bureau of Vital Records becomes nation’s third to obtain accreditation

CDC strengthens its recommendation on COVID-19 booster shots

Booster Doses AuthorizedIf you’re fully vaccinated and age 18 or older, you’re likely due for a booster dose of safe, free, and highly effective COVID-19 vaccine. 

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strengthened its recommendation for boosters, saying everyone 18 […]

By | November 30th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on CDC strengthens its recommendation on COVID-19 booster shots

Where we stand following discovery of a COVID-19 variant called Omicron

Protect Yourself From COVID-19On Tuesday, Nov. 23, ADHS and medical leaders appealed for Arizonans to do the following to curb the spread of COVID-19:

By | November 29th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on Where we stand following discovery of a COVID-19 variant called Omicron

An appeal from our medical community: ‘Help us help you’

Doctors at media eventThis week, hospital medical leaders and I joined Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th U.S. Surgeon General and special adviser to Governor Ducey on public health emergency preparedness, to share ways we can work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. Hospitals are stretched thin dealing […]

By | November 26th, 2021|Preparedness|Comments Off on An appeal from our medical community: ‘Help us help you’