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ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

By | May 23rd, 2022|Preparedness|

Since COVID-19 vaccines became available in late 2020, millions of Arizonans have gone to mass-vaccination sites, retail pharmacies, health care centers, doctors’ offices, and elsewhere to get lifesaving shots. Today, ADHS and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners. More than 100,000 doses [...]

Week-to-week increases in cases a reminder that COVID-19 remains with us

By | May 18th, 2022|Preparedness|

Like many of you, public health professionals are closely watching trends reflected on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard, including week-to-week increases in cases since early April. The 7,200-plus cases reported for the week beginning May 8 represent a small fraction of the 150,000-plus cases reported during the week of Jan. 9, when the Omicron variant was [...]

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Latest data shows continued strong protection from COVID-19 vaccines and boosters

By | April 27th, 2022|Preparedness|

Vaccinated against COVID-19? Great. Boosted on top of your COVID-19 vaccination? Even better.  Our report on COVID-19 outcomes by vaccination status, which now includes data for March, shows that compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated with a booster, unvaccinated people ages 12 and older had: 4.3 times the risk of testing positive for COVID-19; [...]

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Antivirals are increasingly available to complement COVID-19 vaccination

By | April 26th, 2022|Preparedness|

Though cases are down dramatically from the January spike driven by the Omicron variant, COVID-19 remains with us. Vaccines and boosters continue to offer robust protection against severe outcomes, and I want to call attention once again to the availability of antiviral treatments. Initially reserved for the most vulnerable because of limited supplies, the antiviral [...]

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National Public Health Week: Numbers only begin to tell the story of our COVID-19 response

By | April 5th, 2022|Preparedness|

It’s impossible to mark National Public Health Week without acknowledging the efforts of the ADHS staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past 27 months, hundreds of public health professionals across all ADHS programs have spent more than 250,000 hours supporting our health emergency operations center, our partners, and all of Arizona. Here are just [...]

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Our work continues

By | March 31st, 2022|Preparedness|

Governor Ducey, at the recommendation of ADHS, has terminated the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency. His announcement makes clear, however, that public health’s response to COVID-19 will continue.  Jessica Rigler, our assistant director for public health preparedness, put it this way during a recent ADHS virtual town hall on COVID-19 vaccines for children:  “Public health [...]

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Latest data shows COVID-19 boosters continue making a big difference in Arizona

By | March 30th, 2022|Preparedness|

Following yesterday’s authorization of a second COVID-19 booster dose for ages 50 and older and those with weakened immune systems, new data shows just how much of a difference a booster dose makes. During February, compared to individuals who were fully vaccinated with a booster, unvaccinated people ages 18 and older had: 4.9 times the [...]

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Second COVID-19 booster dose authorized for ages 50 and older, certain others

By | March 29th, 2022|Preparedness|

Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) authorized a second booster dose for those ages 50 and older. They also authorized a second booster for those 12 and older who have weakened immune systems. Vaccines are extremely effective at protecting against severe COVID-19 outcomes, but evidence suggests [...]

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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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Report: Arizona made ‘notable progress’ on public health preparedness

By | March 22nd, 2022|Preparedness|

The past two years have put public health preparedness on center stage as our country grapples with the ongoing pandemic. All the while, we have remained vigilant and prepared for the next unknown challenge facing communities across our state. Public health partners across Arizona have risen to the occasion and have done amazing work responding [...]

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