Vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 started in Sonora and across Mexico on Monday, drawing big crowds. In Sonora, state authorities hope to eventually vaccinate some 250,000 young people in that age range.
The COVID-19 omicron variant set off a tidal wave of new infections in the U.S. that is still receding. New research by the CDC and partners in Chicago, Milwaukee, Connecticut and Utah shows substantial household spread during the surge.
Arizona’s health department released its first weekly COVID-19 data report Wednesday. Before now, the Arizona Department of Health Services had been providing daily updates about new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but the department last month announced it would change its approach.
Less than two months ago, long-term care facilities were on the brink due to the spike in omicron infections. Now, the CDC is saying the majority of Americans don’t need to wear masks in many indoor settings, including schools. But that guidance does not include nursing homes.
Flagstaff Unified School District voted Monday to end its mask mandate after the CDC updated its mask recommendation guidelines last week. The new guidelines say that Coconino County is a “medium” transmission level.
There is one group of people who still can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19: kids under 5 years old. And though they’re unlikely to get very ill from COVID-19, preschool director Joanie Charnow says she’s doing everything she can to keep them safe.
Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. But some believe the new CDC mandates may be too soon.
Parents of kids younger than 5 are still waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine to be approved. And over at Phoenix Children's Hospital, young COVID patients continue to be seen, but not the extent that earlier months saw.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of last week, about 29% of kids ages 5-11 have received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and that includes some parents who have gotten vaccinated themselves. The Show spoke with Phoenix pediatrician Dr. Gary Kirkilas about his efforts to convince parents to vaccinate their kids.
Will Humble, the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association and former state health director, joined The Show to discuss whether mask requirements should be a thing of the past and where the state should go from here.