What You Need to Know-Week of November 15th

The most important weekly updates for you to keep your community healthy




In this Update:

1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics

2. Quick Question: What is the difference between an “additional dose” and a “booster” vaccine?

3. Information You Need: Arizona 2-1-1 Resource Reminder




1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics


Updated as of: 11-15-2021

Weekly case, death, and hospitalization counts:

In the past week, there has been an average of:
Cases per day3,547
Deaths per day35
Compared to two weeks ago:
Cases per dayIncreased by 18% ↗
Deaths per dayDecreased by 30% ↘
Hospitalizations per dayIncreased by 21% ↗
For regularly updated case counts and additional COVID-19 information by county, visit the Arizona Department of Health’s data dashboard summary page.

Vaccine Information

Number of ArizonansPercentage in ArizonaPercentage in U.S.
Individuals who are fully vaccinated3,830,34554%59%
Individuals who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine4,336,06863%68%

8,584,371 total COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Arizona

For a breakdown of vaccination by Arizona counties, visit the CDC’s website.

For updated vaccine information and data in Arizona, visit this link and click on the “Vaccine Administration” icon.



2. Quick Question: What is the difference between an “additional dose” and a “booster” vaccine?


While the terms “additional vaccine dose” and “booster vaccine dose” may appear to be describing the same COVID-19 vaccine dosage, the phrases actually refer to different vaccine doses. Use the table below to understand the differences between the two terms.

Additional DoseBooster Dose
DefinitionAn identical vaccine dosage to the amount received in the initial shot (for J&J) or series (Pfizer or Moderna), usually given 4 weeks after receiving the initial vaccine series.A dose of the vaccine that was initially given to boost immunity after at least 6 months have passed from the initial vaccine(s). 
The dosage depends on which booster you are receiving.
Populations recommended forAn additional dose of a COVID-19 vaccine is currently only available/recommended for individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised. Eligibility for a booster shot depends on a few factors (e.g., age, initial vaccine received, comorbidities, etc.). Please visit the CDC’s website for information about who is eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine.


3. Information You Need: Arizona 2-1-1 Resource Reminder


Are you hoping to have specific COVID-19 questions answered? Or are you needing assistance with transportation, rent, or utilities? Arizona has developed a 2-1-1 initiative that helps anyone access information and resources for a variety of different topics, including financial assistance, health care, and mental health services. For more information about the program, you can visit this website, or dial 2-1-1 from anywhere within Arizona (if you are located outside of Arizona, please dial 877-211-8661). 




The next update will cover information on mix and matching booster doses. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to COVID-19 in Arizona, please complete next week’s AZCOVIDTXT survey that you will receive via text in about a week.

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