Here are the numbers from Maricopa County Public Health for May 19, 2021
Total Number of Cases: 545,946 (Up 434 from yesterday; Up 3,066 from last Wednesday)
Total Number of Deaths: 9,956 (Up 11 from yesterday; Up 39 from last Wednesday)
COVID-19 vaccine is available to those age 12 and older
The Food and Drug Administration authorized the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those age 12–15 on Monday, May 10, followed by a May 12 recommendation by Centers for Disease Control. The approval applies only to the Pfizer vaccine, which had been available to ages 16 and older. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are only authorized for those 18 and older.
As of May 13, Arizona parents and guardians may bring those ages 12 to 15 to state vaccination sites as walk-ins or schedule an appointment at podvaccine.azdhs.gov or by calling 844.542.8201. Many pharmacies and other providers with Pfizer will also offer the vaccine to this age group.
A parent or guardian must accompany the child and sign a consent form in person. No identification is required for the child. Place of permanent residence isn’t a factor in whether someone can be vaccinated at a state site.
Arizona Department of Health Services also offers a map of vaccination sites at azdhs.gov/findvaccine that can be filtered by the type of vaccine offered at each site.
Mask use for fully vaccinated people
Also on May 13, the CDC issued guidance that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in most settings, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Read more about the CDC’s updated guidance here.
REMEMBER, there are some simple steps that residents can take to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus
- Wear a face covering in public spaces
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use hand sanitizer when coming and going in public spaces
- Maintain 6 feet physical distancing in public
- Avoid gathering in groups of 10 or more
- Stay home when you can
Find statewide information for Arizona here.
Total number of cases and deaths are cumulative; Maricopa County data collection since January 22, 2020. Learn more here.