COVID-19 Vaccine

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Delta variant highlights need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19

By | June 16th, 2021|Preparedness|

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classified the so-called Delta variant of COVID-19 — B.1.617.2 — as a variant of concern. This is one of the variants behind India’s devastating outbreaks, and it has become the dominant strain in the United Kingdom.  Its shift from a variant of interest reflects the [...]

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The CDC provides yet another reason to get your COVID-19 vaccine

By | May 13th, 2021|Preparedness|

Today brings more encouraging news for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 -- and another reason for everyone else to get their shot. New guidance from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says fully vaccinated people can resume activities indoors as well as outdoors without wearing a mask or physically distancing. The CDC notes, [...]

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Real World Data Shows Vaccination is Highly Effective in Preventing Hospitalization

By | April 28th, 2021|Preparedness|

Since mid-December, when the first Pfizer vaccines reached Arizona, ADHS has been working with our local county health departments and tribes to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to vulnerable Arizonans as quickly as possible. Arizonans living in long-term care facilities and those 65 years of age and older were prioritized first for vaccination because of [...]

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Arizona’s Hybrid Prioritization Model for Vaccine Distribution

By | March 18th, 2021|Preparedness|

Since mid-December, when the first Pfizer vaccines reached Arizona, ADHS has been working with our local county health departments and tribes to get the COVID-19 vaccine distributed to vulnerable Arizonans as quickly as possible. To further this goal, Arizona recently adopted a hybrid model prioritizing those at highest risk due to age and our frontline [...]

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The CDC issues encouraging guidance for fully vaccinated individuals

By | March 8th, 2021|Preparedness|

Over the past few months, you may have heard me call COVID-19 vaccines the light at the end of the tunnel. As more and more Arizonans get the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccines, we will start to see life returning to normal. That light is getting brighter by the day. New guidance released [...]

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Feb 14 Vaccine Allocation

By | February 11th, 2021|Preparedness|

Earlier this week, State Farm Stadium hosted President Biden and Vice President Harris for a virtual tour of our vaccination site. Arizona’s state-operated vaccination sites have been identified as a national model. Since Jan. 11, the two state-operated sites have accounted for more than 20% of the total vaccines administered to date, statewide. In addition, [...]

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Arizona’s Process for Allocating Vaccine to Local Jurisdictions

By | February 11th, 2021|Preparedness|

This week, Arizona celebrated the milestone of more than 1 million doses of vaccine administered by the state, counties and health care providers. While this is a significant achievement, vaccination sites have capacity to vaccinate even more Arizonans if additional vaccine doses are made available by federal partners. Since Arizona is a “home rule” state [...]

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New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Section Released: Vaccine Administration

By | February 9th, 2021|Preparedness|

On Monday I had the honor of taking President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on a virtual tour of our State Farm Stadium vaccination site in Glendale. During the tour, the vice president raised an issue that many people share. Here’s a lightly edited version of our exchange: THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Hi, Doctor.  [...]

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

By | January 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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COVID-19 Vaccine Surveillance

By | January 7th, 2021|Preparedness|

Throughout the COVID-19 response, our goal has been to provide real-time data on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic, including cases, hospitalizations, laboratory results, and vaccines. Ensuring rapid distribution of vaccine to high-risk groups is a critical component of public health during a pandemic response. Surveillance of vaccine administration data is especially important when trying [...]

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