ORLANDO, Fla. – Health care workers on Tuesday began providing COVID-19 vaccines to high-risk individuals in Florida under the age of 65 after the state Agency for Health Care Administration set aside thousands of doses for hospitals.
Officials at AdventHealth and Health First said they have received a combined 1,500 doses for at-risk individuals, including those with severe health issues or lung disease.
Jamie Martin, 55, a liver transplant recipient, has been very careful about his health during the pandemic and was able to get his first vaccine dose Tuesday.
“One of the biggest things for me was always to make sure -- and still to make sure -- that I am not getting sick. I can’t even get an average cold. I can’t get the flu. I have to be extremely careful, just as all transplant recipients,” Martin said.
Meanwhile, the state-run website for vaccine registration, myvaccine.fl.gov, is hitting some bumps as not all Florida counties are using it to provide appointments to their communities.
Myvaccine.fl.gov allows Florida full and part-time residents to register for the coveted vaccine shots, placing them in a virtual queue until more doses are available in their area. However, many counties said they weren’t prepared for the new system and the “switch over” from a county’s individual registration system to the state’s new list isn’t going to happen quickly.
“We recognize the state’s announcement has created frustration and ask for the public’s patience as the county awaits the state’s next steps in working with Volusia County to roll out this new platform,” a Volusia County government spokesperson said Monday.
Florida Division of Emergency Management press secretary Samantha Bequer said it’s up to an individual if they choose to provide their information at Myvaccine.fl.gov.
“If a county has a system in place and decides to use the statewide system, the state will work with them to merge existing waitlists. In counties where they have opted in to the system, eligible individuals will be contacted to schedule an appointment when they’re available in the area through the state system,” Bequer said via email. “The state has been working closely with counties to ensure existing registration systems can coordinate with the statewide system.”
Once a county opts in to the state system they will be provided resources to use it, Bequer said.
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Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 2.
The Florida Department of Health reported 10,385 new cases on Tuesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,737,640 cases since the coronavirus pandemic began in March.
Florida reported 140 new virus-related deaths Tuesday, raising the death toll to 27,269. This number includes the 447 non-residents who died in Florida.
As of Tuesday afternoon, there were currently 6,022 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.
Since March, 72,858 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 404 new patients who have been recently hospitalized due to the virus, according to the health department’s daily report released on Tuesday.
The percent of positive results was 8.36% on Monday for the 124,288 tests reported to the state. Health officials say the rate should remain between 5% and 10% to prove a community has a hold of the virus and is curbing infections.
The Florida Department of Health recently began releasing a daily report on COVID-19 vaccines administered throughout the state.
As of Tuesday afternoon,1,747,761 people have been vaccinated in Florida. The FDOH also reports that 372,207 people have received their second shot.
See COVID-19 data for the Central Florida region below:
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