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People 75 and older get higher Arizona vaccination priority

Posted at 5:54 PM, Dec 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-29 19:54:02-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona has decided to include people 75 and older in the second phase of distribution of vaccinations against COVID-19.

That's about 534,000 residents. State officials announced the decision Tuesday, saying people 75 or older are more likely to experience severe COVID-19 complications and be hospitalized and that the decision to prioritize those people is aligned with updated federal recommendations.

Arizona on Tuesday reported 2,799 additional known coronavirus cases and a near-record 171 deaths.

Most of those deaths were a result of a series of periodic reviews of past death certificates.