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BCBSAZ urges Arizonans to continue to protect themselves and others

Although we are making great progress in the fight against COVID-19, there are still risks in returning to normal too soon. According to Dr. James Napoli, Chief Medical Officer at Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ), “It is understandable that people are weary but we should stay the course to protect ourselves and the people we love. Even with mask mandates lifted or relaxed, it is important to remain cautious and continue to follow guidelines from health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).”

Current CDC Guidelines

  • Masks are still necessary in public settings (masks should cover your nose and mouth)
  • Stay six feet apart from others who don’t live with you
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available to you
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water

Fully Vaccinated?
While the vaccines have been extremely effective in preventing severe illness, it’s still not clear how (or if) people who have been vaccinated spread the virus. It’s also important to remember that if it has been less than two weeks since your second dose of a two-dose vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) or less than two weeks since your one-dose shot (Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine) you are NOT fully protected. Health experts and the CDC continue to advise that, outside of small fully vaccinated group gatherings, even fully vaccinated people should wear a mask and social distance.

Additional COVID-19 Resources

Visit azblue.com/coronavirus to find the latest BCBSAZ COVID-19 support and resources or go to cdc.gov.

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Last Updated: 04/02/2021