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Passing 19,000 deaths is a somber reminder that COVID-19 is still with us

By | September 8th, 2021|Preparedness|

As of this week, more than 19,000 people in Arizona have died from COVID-19. I grieve for all of them, and for the families and loved ones who endure their loss. Those of us in public health have worked constantly since January 2020 to help Arizonans protect themselves from COVID-19. We take these unfortunate milestones [...]

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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 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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Vaccine Prioritization in Arizona

By | December 18th, 2020|General|

On Friday, December 11, the FDA announced its approval of an emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) met on Saturday, December 12, and recommended the vaccine for people age 16 and older. This week, the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Arizona. The first vaccine clinics [...]

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