Dr. Richard Carmona

/Dr. Richard Carmona

About Dr. Richard Carmona

Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, is advising Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency preparedness. After serving as Surgeon General from 2002-2006, Dr. Carmona became vice chairman of Canyon Ranch, a Tucson wellness resort where he now serves as Chief of Health Innovations. A member of several corporate boards, Dr. Carmona also serves as the Distinguished Professor of Public Health at the University of Arizona's Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health while also holding faculty appointments as a Professor of Surgery and Pharmacy.

From Dr. Carmona: Have you gotten your booster shot?

By | April 29th, 2022|Preparedness|

Do you remember when you got your last COVID-19 vaccination? If it has been more than five months since you completed your primary vaccination series, it’s time for you to get your booster. You may be eligible even sooner depending which vaccine you received. If you are over the age of 50 and received your [...]

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From Dr. Carmona: Now’s a great time to receive your COVID-19 vaccine

By | April 14th, 2022|Preparedness|

If you haven’t received a COVID-19 vaccine yet, now’s the time to join many other of your fellow Arizonans who are doing so right now. No one will criticize you; there is no shame. In fact, you’ll be welcomed with smiles and open arms! You are not alone. The Arizona Department of Health Services reports [...]

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COVID-19 shots continue long tradition of vaccines protecting public health

By | March 28th, 2022|Preparedness|

You want to feel safe. You want your family to be safe. Are vaccines safe? The simple and important answer is: Oh my yes! What you want to know too is if vaccines actually work, right? The World Health Organization has an answer: “With the exception of clean, safe drinking water, no human endeavor rivals [...]

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The ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard is changing; here’s why

By | February 18th, 2022|Preparedness|

Throughout the pandemic, your state government and Arizona’s hospitals have worked together to provide data critical to understanding and responding to the invisible enemy that is COVID-19.  This partnership has made the ADHS COVID-19 Data Dashboard a go-to resource for the public, news media, and Arizona leaders. Updated daily and enhanced many times over these [...]

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Dr. Carmona: A doctor’s advice on COVID-19 vaccination can save your life

By | November 8th, 2021|General, Preparedness|

Nearly all practicing U.S. doctors – better than 19 out of 20 – had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as of mid-June, the American Medical Association reported. That’s hardly surprising since other vaccines have eliminated or all but eliminated diseases such as polio, mumps, and rubella.  There is so much misinformation flying around these days. It’s [...]

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Dr. Carmona: We Must Come Together to Defeat COVID-19

By | October 1st, 2021|Preparedness|

When I advise Governor Ducey and ADHS on emergency preparedness, including the COVID-19 pandemic, I give the best guidance I can from my perspective as 17th U.S. Surgeon General of the United States. I offer frank opinions and honest assessments, however inconvenient they might be.  And that’s what I will do with you as Arizona [...]

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Dr. Carmona: Changing the Narrative Key to Expanding Vaccination Against COVID-19

By | September 15th, 2021|General, Preparedness|

EDITOR’S NOTE: Dr. Richard Carmona, the 17th Surgeon General of the United States, is advising Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The best leaders – presidents, governors, mayors, CEOs – surround themselves with people who will tell them the truth, even when it [...]

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