US Black and Latino communities often have low vaccination rates – but blaming vaccine hesitancy misses the mark
By early July 2021, nearly two-thirds of all U.S. residents 12 years and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 55% were fully vaccinated. But uptake varies drastically by region – and it is lower on average among non-white people. Many blame the relatively lower vaccination rates in communities of color […]
How the rapidly spreading ‘delta variant’ might change your behavior
As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too.
A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers
A year after Arizona’s first surge of COVID-19 cases, the state is seeing some of the lowest numbers of cases it has since the start of the pandemic, though hospital intensive care units still remain filled at similar levels to a year ago.
‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines
Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month.
States with higher COVID vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds
WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated.
Filling in the vaccination gaps in hard-hit Latino communities
Faustino E. Luna had a stroke at the beginning of 2020. For months, he couldn’t walk because his knee surgery was postponed, as hospitals around the state cancelled non-emergency procedures at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ducey bans ‘vaccine passport’ use by Arizona governments
Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday banned state and local governments from requiring a “vaccine passport” to receive service or enter an area.
Get the shot, before the coronavirus gets you
It’s been a little more than two weeks since I got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So, this is as good a time as any to take stock of how the greatest health crisis in hundred years is affecting our lives.
Pause for Johnson & Johnson vaccine extended as federal health panel wrestles with next steps
WASHINGTON — Use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot will remain paused for at least a week, after a federal vaccine advisory panel said Wednesday that it had too little data on a rare but serious blood-clotting condition reported in at least six women.
Arizona among states pausing J&J vaccine after recommendation from U.S. health officials
Arizona is pausing use of the J&J vaccine after top public health officials said six cases of a rare type of blood clot warrant a pause.
Special Report: Many members of Congress are vaccinated against COVID-19, but some still hesitate
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress were among the first people in the U.S. to have access to the sought-after COVID-19 vaccine when the initial doses became available in December.
Every Arizonan older than 16 can get a COVID vaccine now
The Arizona Department of Health Services has lifted eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine it distributes at it’s five sites in Maricopa, Pima and Yuma counties, making the vaccine available to more than 5 million state residents.