AARP Town HallAARP Arizona has been a tremendous partner throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Our collaborations to promote public health have included virtual town halls for AARP members on COVID-19 vaccines and COVID-19 boosters. 

At 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, we’ll join AARP Arizona for a virtual town hall on the new Omicron booster doses that target the most prevalent COVID-19 subvariants. These boosters are important for everyone but are especially so for older individuals, whose immune systems tend to be weaker. 

How important are they? COVID-19 deaths have dropped in recent months but still occur. Better than 80% of COVID-19 deaths of late have been among those ages 65 and older, and nearly all COVID-19 deaths have occurred among those ages 45 and older. 

Whatever your age, I hope you’ll watch this town hall live or after the fact via AARP Arizona’s Facebook account at You’ll hear from:

  • Dana Marie Kennedy, state director for AARP Arizona;
  • Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and special adviser to Governor Doug Ducey on public health preparedness; 
  • Dr. Karen Lewis, medical director for the ADHS Arizona Immunization Program Office; and
  • Yours truly (I am ADHS deputy director for public health services).

I strongly encourage everyone 12 and older to get the Omicron booster as soon as possible. You‘ll find convenient locations at And please keep in mind that you can get vaccinated at the same time against seasonal influenza, which can be much more severe among older people. 

COVID-19 vaccines are safe and reduce the chances of severe illness, long COVID, hospitalization, and death. It’s important to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccination because protection tends to wane over time.

Information is power when it comes to protecting yourself against COVID-19. With that in mind, please tune in for Thursday’s town hall or watch the recording at your convenience.