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Thousands of Phoenix employees will get bigger paychecks, thanks to a City Council vote Wednesday. But not everyone’s happy. That’s because employees who prove they are fully vaccinated by Jan. 18, 2022, will get more.
Dec. 15, 2021
Will Humble
Will Humble is the director of the Arizona Public Health Association and the former director of the Arizona State Health Department and he weighed in on what he believes would make an effective vaccine mandate.
Dec. 14, 2021
Little girl at school wearing mask and backpack
The Maricopa County Health Department is a couple weeks into a pilot program in a Phoenix school district. The goal is to see if unvaccinated kids exposed to COVID-19 can remain in school, following certain protocols.
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Dec. 14, 2021
A COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix
Flu cases were unusually low last winter, and Arizona health officials attributed COVID-19 mitigation measures to slowing the spread of influenza. Now, COVID-19 cases are surging statewide in the midst of flu season, which means Arizonans are at elevated risk to get sick.
Dec. 12, 2021
The Maricopa County Community College District building.
The Maricopa County Community College District announced Tuesday that it's halting enforcement action on a Biden administration vaccine mandate after a federal court issued a nationwide injunction temporarily blocking it. Other Arizona colleges are still unsure about what this means for their vaccine policies.
Dec. 8, 2021
COVID-19 test card
For the first time, Arizona's health department has released a report detailing the frequency of breakthrough COVID-19 cases among vaccinated people. It shows nearly 30% of Arizona’s COVID-19 cases in October were breakthrough cases. Still, the vast majority of deaths in the state recently have been among unvaccinated people.
Dec. 8, 2021
Mexico president booster
Starting Wednesday, booster shots became available in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. The so-called vaccine reinforcement campaign started in the capital Hermosillo.
Dec. 8, 2021
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Arizona health officials reported just under 4,000 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, as case numbers continue to surge. The state health department reported an additional 3,820 new cases and 28 new deaths.
Dec. 5, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination highway sign
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 6,000 new COVID-19 cases today, more than the total on this day last year. 6,043 new cases were added to the state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard.
Dec. 4, 2021
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Older adults and teachers in Mexico may soon be eligible to receive COVID-19 booster shots.
Dec. 3, 2021
Boy in COVID-19 mask gets bandage after vaccine shot
Children ages 17 or younger need parental consent in order to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. But the process could become complicated when unmarried parents disagree on the matter.
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Dec. 3, 2021
Caregiver and nursing home resident
According to the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, about 70% of employees in Arizona's long-term care facilities are fully vaccinated. The national average is more than 75%.
Dec. 2, 2021
employee watching trash being dumped with police car in background
Thousands of Phoenix city employees could soon get bigger paychecks. The City Council is expected to vote Wednesday to hear the $25 million to $29 million proposal at its Dec. 15 meeting.
Nov. 30, 2021
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Tucson is no longer in danger of being financially penalized for its vaccine mandate policy. Republican state Sen. Vince Leach from Tucson has withdrawn his request for Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate if the city’s mandates go against state law.
Nov. 30, 2021
A COVID-19 testing site
The World Health Organization listed the new COVID-19 omicron variant as a variant of concern last week. Former state health services director Will Humble says there are a lot of unknowns about the new strain.
Nov. 28, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine at pharmacy
Phase 3 clinical trials of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine showed no links to cardiovascular problems. But more research is needed to confirm heart and circulatory safety in people who were not well represented in those studies, including older seniors.
Nov. 26, 2021
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This week marked the deadline for most federal employees and government contractors to get vaccinated for COVID-19 under the Biden administration’s mandates.
Nov. 24, 2021
8 year old girl child COVID-19 vaccine shot
More Arizona doctors are appealing to the public to get vaccinated and take other precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Nov. 24, 2021
phoenix city hall
Less than a week after announcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for more than 14,000 city employees, Phoenix is backpedaling.
Nov. 23, 2021
BBC look-ahead graphic
Austria is imposing its fourth nationwide lockdown and mandating vaccinations as a new wave of COVID-19 sweeps across Europe. In Belgium and the Netherlands, protests against lockdowns have turned violent.
Nov. 22, 2021

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