Now that the path is cleared for booster shots from the Moderna coronavirus vaccine, will those third jabs be readily available in rural Arizona?

Approval of the Moderna boosters for those age 65 or older and those with medical condition or high exposure is relevant to Mohave County and elsewhere in non-metropolitan areas of the state.

The Moderna vaccine is the one most available in rural areas because it doesn’t require specialized cooling equipment. Thankfully, studies are showing it to be the most effective as well.

The approval process for boosters has been mind-numbing in its bureaucratic repetition, essentially winding up with the blessing of both the federal Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control that mirrored booster reviews for other vaccines.

One difference with Moderna boosters is that they are half the strength of the original two shots.

None of this may matter to the majority of Mohave County residents since only 38 percent of the total population and 43 percent of the eligible population has received only one shot.

For the rest, and for the government agencies that act as clearing houses for dissemination information, the rollout bears watching.

Those who have received vaccinations so far do so understanding there is no 100 percent certainty about vaccine effectiveness, longevity, or side effects.

Government officials, at least those who are truthful and human, do their best to explain this. Some of the public harsh perceptions of the government’s handling of the pandemic would be softened if leaders conceded how mistakes occur in a rapidly evolving viral outbreak.

Governments at the state and local level would do the public a great service by updating booster information on their websites. Accurate and fresh information helps with the trust issues.

No one is being forced to get vaccinated. Their call, though we encourage everyone to make fully informed decisions that can truly be life or death.

Those who want the vaccine boosters should be able to get them, with just a little help from state and county governments to facilitate the effort.

— Today’s News-Herald

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Davel3

"Some of the public harsh perceptions of the government’s handling of the pandemic would be softened if leaders conceded how mistakes occur in a rapidly evolving viral outbreak."

Anyone who is intelligent and rational knows that with a situation this fluid, there are going to be unintentional missteps, changes in information as data is analyzed and evaluated daily, and unintended delays in getting this information out to the public. It's those that want to make a political issue out of this that are pushing these "harsh perceptions." They are the same ones who deny the scientific facts, make excuses, and are responsible for why we can't get COVID behind us. You would think with 729 thousand Americans who have died, and counting, they would put the political BS behind them and just do the right thing, Despite the excellent job the county health department has done under the leadership of Denise Burley, (One can only imagine the kind of resistance she was up against) we only have 38% fully vaccinated. Far below

the state and national average, but at the top of list for the most disgraceful level of empathy.

Don't agree? Feel like I'm trying to shame you?.... You deserve to be shamed!!!!!

I've heard countless heart-breaking stories from friends who have lost family members and close friend to this virus. In several cases it didn't have to be that way, with what we know now, it certainly doesn't need to continue.

BigBob

A recent report found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic, unlike in other similar states that had more aggressive mitigation measures. More than 20,700 people have died from the virus in Arizona since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. The report, by the Arizona Public Health Association, examined how those deaths compared to the 15 leading causes of death between March 17, 2020 — the date a state of emergency was declared because of COVID-19 — to Oct. 14, 2021.

Heart disease has long been the top cause of death for Arizonans, taking the lives of over 12,500 Arizona residents in 2019, followed closely by cancer, which trailed heart disease by a mere 84 deaths.

COVID-19 cases reached their first peak in Arizona on 29 June 2020, when 5,480 cases were reported. Just a few weeks later on, July 17, Arizona would report its single highest reported death count for the virus at the time: 107 deaths.

As the summer months ended amid more mitigation measures implemented by Gov. Doug Ducey, cases fell and so did deaths. By October, cases began rising again, accelerating rapidly in November. On Nov. 23, the state reported more than 6,000 cases, the most it had ever seen in a single day, and intensive care unit capacity was dwindling. The numbers then skyrocketed in December and early January, and the state repeatedly broke records for the number of confirmed cases and deaths:

Nov. 30, 7,971 cases reported

Dec. 21, 9,078 cases reported

Dec. 28, 11,533 cases reported

Jan. 4, 11,929 cases reported

Dec. 10, 107 deaths reported

Dec. 17, 130 deaths reported

Jan. 5, 137 deaths reported

According to the research by APHA, Arizona’s death rate is also much higher than many similarly sized states. Researchers compared Arizona to two different states that have similar population sizes: Colorado and Washington. Washington has a population that is the most similar to Arizona, but researchers found the state had reported 8,234 deaths, only two-thirds of the number of deaths here. Colorado has about 1.5 million fewer people than Arizona, and saw only 7,917 COVID deaths during the same time frame. All three states had similar rates for other causes of death.

Yesman123

I shorted Moderna stock for the last 2 months and made a lot of money I love this vaccine

BigBob

yes - No, you didn't! Why do you come here and lie day after day? BTW, having $2.67 in your pocket is not "a lot of money."

#remove46

Can we just include doctors to the people that can jab??? Geeze, I go to my doctor regularly, pretty sure he knows me better than anyone.

BigBob

46 (IQ) - So you would rather tie up a doctor who has actual patients to care for to get a shot administered by a trained professional? You are one selfish, self-centered POS aren't you?

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