Health

State to offer COVID-19 vaccine to those 16 and up starting this week

WASHINGTON - Arizona will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to state residents as young as 16, throwing open a process that for months has prioritized older and ailing residents and frontline workers.


School yard: Officials welcome new 3-foot rule for COVID-safe students

WASHINGTON - Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday's announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard.


‘Words matter’: Asian Americans frightened, frustrated by continued hate crimes

PHOENIX – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have seen increases in hate crimes. After this week’s Atlanta murders, Arizona advocates are voicing the need for change.


Arizona neighborhoods join Little Free Pantry movement to fight hunger

As food insecurity rises, Arizona communities are setting up neighborhood “little” pantries to get food and supplies to those in need.


Thrift shops and sustainable fashion outlets thrive during the pandemic

PHOENIX - While most businesses have been suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic, thrift stores across Arizona have been experiencing success.


Recreational marijuana sales race ahead, but industry equity falls behind

TEMPE – Arizona started recreational marijuana sales in January, months earlier than expected. Sales have been so heavy that lines form at some dispensaries. Still, the industry struggles with social equity and diversity in the workforce.


Phoenix among U.S. sites for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids

WASHINGTON - Children from 6 months up to 12 years old could soon start getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Phoenix as part of a trial by drug-maker Moderna of the effectiveness of its two-dose vaccine on young people.


Health clinic for the uninsured faces more challenges during pandemic

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic has brought even more challenges to the all-volunteer effort of Phoenix Allies for Community Health.

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Sharpen your pencils: Many Arizona schools reopen for in-person instruction

Many Arizona schools reopened for in-person instruction Monday, including schools in Maricopa and Pima counties. Gov. Doug Ducey issued the order to reopen March 3.


Kiowa elder bonds with 10-year-old actress on ‘News of the World’ movie set

On the New Mexico set of the Tom Hanks film “News of the World,” a Kiowa elder bonded with a 10-year-old German actress over tribal language and customs.


As U.S. tourists head south to escape the pandemic, Mexican travelers head north

MEXICO CITY – The pandemic has affected tourism in the U.S. and Mexico but, both countries are now seeking a break across the border.


It’s too soon for Ducey to lift COVID restrictions, doctors warn

Several Arizona doctors on Friday assailed Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan for businesses and schools to return to mostly normal operations, saying the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is not under control.