TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – As the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine began rolling out Monday, healthcare experts warn to not allow the vaccine’s arrival to create a false sense of security especially during the holidays.

Dr. Sudha Nagalingam, the Medical Director of El Rio’s HIV Infectious Disease Clinic, said Arizona’s recent spike in cases likely tracks back to Thanksgiving when people loosened restrictions and met with family and friends.

She’s now fearful of what Christmas may bring if people don’t take precautions seriously. “It’s a phenomenon that’s happening throughout the country,” she said. “Our colleagues that are working in the ICU are being overburdened.”

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