COVID-19 Vaccine

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FDA gives Moderna COVID-19 vaccine full approval for use in ages 18 and older

By | January 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given full approval to the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in those ages 18 and older.  Moderna joins the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, which the FDA gave full approval to last August for use in ages 16 and older. Ages 5 to 15 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine under [...]

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CDC report looks at risk factors in COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated

By | January 11th, 2022|Prevention|

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has important findings about COVID-19 breakthrough cases among fully vaccinated individuals: It’s extremely rare for a breakthrough case to lead to severe outcomes. When a severe outcome such as intensive care admission does occur from a breakthrough case, the individual is almost certain [...]

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Clear evidence that COVID-19 vaccines and boosters are saving lives

By | January 5th, 2022|Preparedness|

Our latest report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status offers even more evidence that vaccines are saving lives.  In November, those who weren’t vaccinated were 31.1 times more likely to die from COVID-19 than the fully vaccinated. They also were 4.9 times more likely to test positive for COVID-19.  This is a big change from [...]

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8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19

By | January 4th, 2022|Preparedness|

A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has 8.7 million reasons why it’s safe and smart to vaccinate kids ages 5 to 11 against COVID-19.  Building on extensive trials that found no serious vaccination-related events, this study found serious adverse events extremely rare among children ages 5 to 11 who [...]

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Governor, Dr. Richard Carmona join forces in new COVID-19 vaccine PSA

By | December 30th, 2021|Preparedness|

A public service announcement featuring Governor Doug Ducey and Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and the governor’s adviser on public health preparedness, is now airing on Arizona television stations in addition to social media and streaming media.  I hope you’ll heed their advice to help protect yourself and others from COVID-19:  Get vaccinated [...]

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Omicron, our hospitals, and the need for vaccination and boosters

By | December 27th, 2021|Preparedness|

Like many of you, I remain concerned about how the extraordinarily contagious Omicron variant may affect our healthcare system. Arizona’s hospitals are already strained by COVID-19 patients, the vast majority of whom are unvaccinated.  Here are some things on my mind as we continue learning about this fast-spreading variant: Omicron is likely to cause more [...]

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Today marks one year since the first COVID-19 vaccine doses reached Arizona

By | December 14th, 2021|Preparedness|

One year ago today, Governor Ducey announced that Arizona had received its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine.  With safe, free, and highly effective COVID-19 vaccines readily available these days at retail pharmacies, doctors’ offices, and community clinics, it seems long, long ago when the vaccine supply was extremely limited and the first doses were reserved [...]

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Vaccine breakthrough data report added to ADHS COVID-19 dashboard

By | December 8th, 2021|Preparedness|

Today, we’ve launched the first version of a report showing statewide COVID-19 case and death rates by vaccination status. The report demonstrates the significant increases in risk of COVID-19 infection and death among those who are not vaccinated. In October, unvaccinated persons in Arizona had a 3.9 times greater risk of testing positive for COVID-19 [...]

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

By | November 29th, 2021|Preparedness|

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, ADHS and medical leaders appealed for Arizonans to do the following to curb the spread of COVID-19: Get vaccinated, and get kids ages 5 and older vaccinated: azhealth.gov/FindVaccine; If you are fully vaccinated and age 18 and older, get a booster: azhealth.gov/FindVaccine; Mask up, physically distance, keep your hands washed, stay [...]

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Addition of 5-11 affects dashboard percentage for ‘eligible people vaccinated’

By | November 10th, 2021|Preparedness|

With the welcome addition of 5- to 11-year-olds to those eligible to receive the safe, free, and highly effective COVID-19 vaccination, starting today you’ll see a short-term decrease in the “Percent of eligible people vaccinated” metric on our Vaccine Administration dashboard.  Previously, this number was calculated by dividing the number of people who have received [...]

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