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Pregnant women aren’t getting COVID vaccine; Arizona health providers worry

A CDC study found that pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 have a 70% greater chance of dying than symptomatic people who aren’t pregnant - yet despite the risks, as of Dec. 4, only 17.8% of pregnant people in the U.S. were fully vaccinated.... Read more»

As COVID shots for kids 5-11 roll out, pediatricians & pharmacies begin scheduling appointments

As pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine began arriving in Pima County for children 5-11, doctors and pharmacies began scheduling appointments for this weekend after the CDC green-lighted the vaccine. ... Read more»

Pima County begins delivering Pfizer COVID boosters, but cutting back on testing

Pfizer COVID boosters are becoming available in Pima County as local pharmacies and the County Health Department have been delivering them over the past week. New testing restrictions are in place, however, to allow vaccinators to focus more on delivering vaccines and boosters than tests. ... Read more»

What Arizonans need to know about getting a COVID-19 booster

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain at-risk populations who received the Pfizer vaccine, which means a large group of Arizonans should be getting ready for another dose very soon. ... Read more»

How will youth sports leagues, parents react now that COVID-19 vaccine available for adolescents?

With the CDC authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for 12-to-15-year-olds coinciding with the start of many youth sporting events, parents and tournament organizers are faced with decisions, and complicating the issue are state and local jurisdictions’ varying restrictions.... Read more»

Substitute pharmacists warn co-workers: We'll probably bring coronavirus to you

With regular employees out sick, CVS and Walgreens rely on traveling workers to fill in at short notice. But when these floaters show up at a store, they often aren’t told if anyone there has tested positive.... Read more»

10 CVS drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites opening Friday

CVS Health announced it will open 10 COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Arizona Friday, as part of the company’s second phase of efforts to help slow the spread of the virus. ... Read more»

Ducey says University of Arizona will produce 250K tests for COVID-19 antibody

The University of Arizona will produce 250,000 tests for COVID-19 antibodies that will determine whether people have been infected with the virus, potentially showing who might have immunity.... Read more»

Walgreens opens drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Tucson

Walgreens has opened a drive-thru coronavirus testing center in Tucson, with free tests available only by appointment for people who meet CDC eligibility criteria, ... Read more»

Walgreens to set up drive-thru COVID-19 testing site in Arizona this week

Arizona will be one of seven states where Walgreens will open 15 drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers later this week. The locations of the testing centers were not disclosed as the company said it is still finalizing them.... Read more»

3 days of free screening lead up to National HIV Testing Day

Community organizations across Tucson are offering free and confidential HIV testing Thursday, Friday and Saturday, marking the 21st annual National HIV Testing Day. In Pima County, more than 1,000 people are believed to be infected and unaware of it, while about nearly 16,000 across the state were living with HIV/AIDS in 2013.... Read more»

Man sought in 5 Midtown robberies

Tucson police are looking for a man suspected of robbing several Midtown businesses since April 12.... Read more»

Comic: Seventeen Words For Snow

Medusa is Greek for guardian

This is one of those few ideas that comes together all at once, completely formed, like a bolt of electricity. Maybe it's inspired by my recent trip to the Walgreen's pharmacy where, during a month of being in between insurance plans, I spent nearly $200 on two prescriptions. Go Med U.S.A.!... Read more»