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A new COVID-19 booster is coming, but only 12% of Maricopa County residents got the last one

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to announce a new COVID-19 vaccine within the next few weeks. The booster shot would target the omicron variant specifically and would be available for people 65 years and older or those with weakened immune systems.

Vaccination rates in Arizona are still below the national average for both the primary round and boosters, while the state’s infection and hospitalization rates are higher than average.

Joining me to talk about vaccines in Arizona and what a new booster might look like is Dr. Nick Staab of Maricopa County’s Department of Public Health. Dr. Staab, good morning

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