By NewsDesk @bactiman63

The Arizona Department of Health Services report hitting a new milestone in the war on COVID-19 Saturday: more than 4 million men, women and children over 12 have now received at least one dose of the vaccine. As of Saturday, 7,287,508 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered to 4,005,841 people in Arizona, including 3,517,935 who are fully vaccinated. More than 55% of all Arizonans have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

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“Arizonans are stepping up and doing their part to put this pandemic behind us,” said Don Herrington, interim director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “This battle is not over but we’re clearly headed in the right direction.”

Health officials say if you haven’t already been vaccinated, here are some key reasons:

  1. The highly contagious Delta variant continues infecting Arizonans, nearly all of them unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.
  2. With hundreds of millions of doses administered nationwide, vaccines have proven to be safe and highly effective at reducing the risk of serious illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19. The Pfizer vaccine, which is widely available around Arizona, now has full federal approval for use in those 16 and older.
  3. As was the case with polio, measles, whooping cough, tetanus, and many other diseases, vaccination offers a certain path to finally checking COVID-19 and returning to normal life.
  4. Hospitals across Arizona report the vast majority of COVID patients now being treated have not been vaccinated.

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