Phoenix-Based Blood Services Provider Begins Testing All Blood Donations for COVID-19 Antibodies

When people donate lifesaving blood through Vitalant they can learn if they have antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 and find out if their plasma can be used to help COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems. For a limited time, all donations will be tested and results will be available in donors' online accounts about two weeks later. “Many … [More]

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Now Available to Everyone 12 and Older

Arizona Department of Health Services

Expanding eligibility for COVID-19 boosters to include ages 12 and up is welcome news as the Omicron variant fuels a surge in cases around the country. Following approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its booster recommendation to include ages 12 to 15. The CDC previously expanded eligibility to … [More]

Getting a COVID-19 Booster More Important Than Ever with Omicron Spreading Quickly

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is urging Arizonans to get their COVID-19 booster dose as soon as they can because of the rapid spread nationally of the Omicron variant and the potential for more breakthrough cases among vaccinated people. Those who have yet to be vaccinated also should act now to get the protection offered by safe, free, and highly effective … [More]

City of Phoenix Vaccine Mandate Paused

City of Phoenix

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The city of Phoenix Tuesday announced it has paused plans to implement a federal mandate requiring all city employees be vaccinated against COVID-19. This decision comes after a series of legal challenges and a ruling Tuesday from a federal judge in Georgia which temporarily halts the COVID-19 vaccine … [More]

COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters Now Available to Everyone 18 and Older

Arizona Department of Health Services

Expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine boosters to everyone 18 and older is welcome news as the holiday season nears in Arizona. Following approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today recommended booster doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines for all adults who are at least six months past their second … [More]

Make COVID-19 Safety Part of Your Holiday Planning

Arizona Department of Health Services

Continued COVID-19 spread, influenza season, and the coming holidays make it more important than ever to plan ahead for safe gatherings with family and friends. “There are ways to enjoy holiday traditions and connect with your loved ones while protecting yourself, your family, and your community,” said Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and special adviser to … [More]

Providers across Arizona Set to Begin Vaccinating Ages 5-11 against COVID-19

Arizona Department of Health Services

Providers across Arizona are set to begin offering safe, free, and highly effective COVID-19 vaccines to children ages 5 to 11 following this week’s approval by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "Parents already protect their kids against a host of diseases that have been eliminated or all but eliminated thanks to the modern miracle of vaccines,” said Don … [More]

Shots for Eligible Children Available at 15 Select CVS Locations in Arizona

CVS Health

CVS Health announced that select CVS Pharmacy locations will be offering a two-dose primary series of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 pediatric vaccine to children ages five to 11 years of age starting on Sunday, 11/7, upon receipt and confirmation of vaccine supply. This follows authorization of the vaccine by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on guidance … [More]

Banner|Aetna Health Insurance Now Available to Individuals as Open Enrollment Begins for the ACA Health Exchange

Open enrollment for 2022 begins Nov. 1, in Arizona’s health insurance exchange, allowing residents of Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties to obtain quality coverage from Banner|Aetna. This unique joint venture, owned by Banner Health and Aetna, a CVS Health company, previously marketed health benefit plans exclusively to employers in the state. Individuals and families … [More]

Boosters Authorized for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services is welcoming a federal government decision authorizing booster shots from any of the three COVID-19 vaccines now available. “Booster doses are safe, free, highly effective, and widely available around Arizona,” said Don Herrington, the department’s interim director. “If you are eligible for a booster, we recommend you take advantage … [More]

Complimentary COVID-19 In October at Multiple Locations Valleywide

Easy Testing

Easy Testing is announcing their continued partnership with Maricopa County to offer free COVID-19 testing for the Maricopa community at the following locations and dates: LAVEEN, AZ WHERE: Laveen Education Center ADDRESS: 5001 W Dobbins Rd #9733, Laveen Village, AZ 85339 DAYS: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday TIMES: 10am – 1pm DEER VALLEY, AZ WHERE: … [More]

CVS Health Announces Availability of Pfizer-BioNTech Booster Shot to Eligible Populations


CVS Health announced that, following approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) based on guidance from the organization’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), select CVS Pharmacy and MinuteClinic locations are now offering the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 booster shot to eligible populations beginning today, Friday, September 24. Following … [More]

COVID-19 Surge Makes Getting Flu Shot More Important Than Ever, Say Banner Health Leaders

Banner Health

The renewed surge in COVID-19 cases makes getting your flu shot this year more important than ever, say Banner Health experts. Flu season usually starts in October, so infectious-disease specialists suggest the best time to get vaccinated is from early September to the end of October. “There are concerns that this could be a more severe flu season than last year,’’ said … [More]

Additional $60 Million to Support Hospital Staffing Announced

Arizona Department of Health Services

Governor Doug Ducey announced Wednesday that $60 million to support staffing at health care facilities that deploy proven techniques to decrease COVID-19 related hospitalizations, including administering monoclonal antibody treatments and offering vaccination at discharge. “Arizona’s health care professionals and all frontline workers are heroes, without a doubt,” said … [More]

UArizona Health Sciences Study Suggests Greater Vaccination Push Needed to Combat Delta Variant


New data from an ongoing University of Arizona Health Sciences research study show that the COVID-19 vaccines remain effective following the predominance of the delta variant, although at a lower rate than prior to its emergence. The newly released findings from the longitudinal Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response, and Other Essential Workers Surveillance (AZ HEROES) … [More]

Banner Study to Evaluate Those at Risk of Decline Related to Alzheimer’s Disease

Eli Lilly and Company and Banner Alzheimer’s Institute announced a strategic research collaboration as part of the planned Phase 3, randomized, placebo-controlled study evaluating donanemab in participants at risk for cognitive and functional decline related to Alzheimer’s disease (TRAILBLAZER-ALZ 3). TRAILBLAZER-ALZ 3 will evaluate whether treatment with donanemab can slow the … [More]

Arizonans Helping Researchers Better Understand COVID-19

A new antibody testing study examining samples originally collected through the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in five states earlier than initially reported. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University led the study that analyzed more than 24,000 stored blood samples contributed between Jan. 2 and March 18, … [More]

Governor Ducey Rescinds 25 Pandemic-Related Executive Orders

Governor Doug Ducey today is rescinding 25 Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic following action by the Arizona Legislature to codify into law many of the policies enacted by the Executive Orders to protect against excessive mandates, including mask usage in schools and prohibiting vaccine passports. “Throughout the pandemic, we took action to protect Arizonans … [More]

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