Advocacy: We support vaccines and vaccine education.
February 17, 2021
Please read the letter template below to send to Governor Ducey urging the support of positive vaccine messaging and legislation.
Dear Governor Ducey:
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on many of our communities and our economy. Many Arizonans have become sick, died, or suffered economic hardship as a result of the pandemic. Our best hope for ending this pandemic is a safe and effective vaccine distributed to as many Arizonans as possible. With the protection a vaccine provides, our healthcare systems, businesses, and schools can become fully operational again.
As individuals active in public health agencies and organizations, and as fellow citizens, we urge you to:
- Decline to support legislation that weakens vaccine infrastructure. Strong infrastructure prevents disease and encourages economic growth. When vaccination systems get disrupted, outbreaks of preventable diseases occur. Sick people miss work and school and cause others to get sick and miss work and school. This causes a preventable drag on Arizona’s economy as well as hardship for those who are sick and our healthcare system in general.
- Work with our medical and public health professionals to encourage confidence in the new vaccines. Communicate openly about the benefits of vaccines and serve as an ambassador to your staff and the public. You may wish to consider being vaccinated yourself and sharing that with the public. A vocal minority may be invested in their narrative that vaccines will harm them. While their beliefs may be sincere, their evidence is lacking. These activists do not have a plan to get us out of the pandemic and are simply opposed to most public health measures. We believe that the majority of the public is ready for an evidence-based way out of the pandemic and simply needs the reassurance and leadership you can provide.
- Many healthcare stakeholders are engaged in efforts to distribute timely and accurate information about immunization. TAPI and its partners would be pleased to work with the Arizona Department of Health Services in any statewide public awareness campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccinations. Please let us know how we can help.
Thank you for your consideration in this matter. If you or your staff have any questions, comments, or ideas, please contact Debbie McCune Davis at 602-363-0750 or email@example.com
October 20, 2020
Please read the letter template to send to Maricopa County Board of Supervisors in support of continuing the mask mandate in Maricopa County.
The Honorable Clint Hickman and
Members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
301 West Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003
Dear Chairman Hickman and Members of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors:
As leaders in the health care ecosystem, we thank you for supporting public health with the mask mandate, the most effective safety protocol to minimize infection with the exception of a shelter in place mandate.
We understand there is a small but vocal minority calling for the elimination of the mask mandate in Maricopa. We urge you to continue maintaining the mandate. To lift the mandate would be a devastating blow to the progress we have seen in the past few months of declining COVID infection and death rates in Arizona, once an epicenter of the pandemic.
Until a vaccine is widely available, masks and social distancing are the most effective tools we have to save lives, short of widespread shelter in place orders that would devastate the economy.
- Multiple scientific studies have been published demonstrating proper mask usage reduces infection[i]. There have been no scientific studies that show masks do not reduce COVID infection.
- Our own experience in Arizona reflects the effectiveness of widespread mask usage. We came dangerously close to exceeding hospital capacity in Arizona over the July 4th Since the mask mandate was implemented, hospital inpatient rates and deaths due to COVID have continued to drop. A recent CDC report expressed that masks played a crucial role in controlling the outbreak in Arizona this past summer.[ii] The United States has struggled more than any other county with mask mandates, enduring almost 21% of total deaths with only about 4% of the entire world population.
- According to a Harvard CAPS/Harris Pool, 79% support a mask mandate (July 2020).
Science supports mask wearing. Removing the mask mandate before a vaccine is available will cost lives. We urge you to maintain the existing mask mandate.
Thank you for your consideration of this critical matter.
[i] The World Health Organization, June 2020, Institute for Health Metrics, June 2020, Health affairs-Wyi Lyu & George Wehby, June 2020
[ii] The Center for Disease Control, October 2020
Please read the letter TAPI and some of our important partners have sent to Governor Ducey. Help us urge him to remind parents that kids still need vaccines!
Stay home if you are sick
Avoid close contact with
sick people and wear a mask
Cover your nose and mouth
when you sneeze
Wash your hands often
Clean and disinfect
Stay up to date on your vaccinations