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Why the 'vaxxed and done' crowd is giving up on COVID precautions

The phrase “COVID fatigue” has been written and talked about so much, perhaps you’re tired of hearing about it. But the phenomenon is real, and it appears to manifest itself differently in different people.

One of them is a concept called “vaxxed and done,” coined by a writer for the Atlantic, which describes people who’ve worn masks, gotten vaccinated and boosted and have generally done the things public health experts have asked them to do, and are now ready to start living a more “normal life.”

But what’s the thinking behind all of this, either for people who want to get back to doing the things they’ve been missing for the last couple of years, or those who are not quite ready yet?

To find out, The Show heard from two perspectives.

Nicky Langbaum is a licensed professional counselor in the Valley. The Show spoke with her and asked if she’s seeing signs of COVID fatigue or vaxxed and done in her practice.

Mary Frances O’Connor is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Arizona. The Show spoke with her as well and asked what leads someone to a certain point of quitting something they had deemed to be good.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.