Majority of COVID-19 cases in Arizona coming from unvaccinated individuals
Nearly all recent COVID-19 cases in the state of Arizona are coming from unvaccinated individuals, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ said in a recent statement.
Posting to her regular blog on azdhs.gov, Christ said that ADHS continues to analyze data to demonstrate the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
Arizona reported 16,910 total COVID-19 cases during the month of May, with 95% of those (16,139) coming from people who hadn’t been fully vaccinated and 91% (15,305) who were completely unvaccinated.
In April, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at the protection vaccines offer to those 65 and older, a group at high risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. It reported the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing COVID-19-associated hospitalization among adults 65 and older at 94% for fully vaccinated individuals and 64% for partially vaccinated individuals, according to a Yavapai County Community Health Services news release Monday, June 21.
“Even though vaccines are highly effective, none can provide 100% protection. Among Arizona’s 16,910 total COVID-19 cases in May, 771 involve fully vaccinated individuals, and 90 of these were hospitalized. Sadly, four of them died,” the YCCHS news release stated.
Yavapai County reported 22 COVID-19 cases and one death over the weekend, YCCHS reported Monday, June 21.
The county has tested 122,264 residents for COVID-19 with 19,493 positive cases and 521 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
Yavapai Regional Medical Center in the Prescott area reported four COVID-19 patients, while Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reported one.
The Prescott VA currently reports no COVID-19 patients.
Health officials in Arizona on Monday reported 384 new cases of COVID-19, but no additional deaths.
They said the state now has recorded 890,111 known cases of the disease since the pandemic started more than a year ago.
The total of coronavirus-related death remains at 17,843.
Nearly 6.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered with almost 3.5 million Arizonans — 48.8% of the state’s population — having received at least one shot.
State health officials said more than three million residents now are fully vaccinated.
If you are looking to get vaccinated against COVID-19, check out the YCCHS vaccine information page to make an appointment online with a YRMC physician, Spectrum Healthcare, pediatricians, or pharmacies. Call Spectrum Healthcare at 877-634-7333, YCCHS clinics at 928-771-3122, and the Community Health Center of Yavapai at 928-583-1000.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.