Central Florida vaccinations delayed, state reports 7,000 new COVID-19 cases

Vaccine delays force some counties to reschedule appointments

Governor calls for patience amid delay in vaccine shipments

ORLANDO, Fla. – Due to the winter storms across the country, some COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Central Florida communities have been pushed back.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said 200,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine did not make it to the state on Tuesday.

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Some COVID-19 vaccine appointments have been pushed back due to the winter storms across the country.

The doses are expected to arrive on Thursday, according to emergency management officials.

One Central Florida county affected by the delay is Volusia County.

County officials said anyone who signed up for a first dose at the fairgrounds in DeLand on Thursday has been rescheduled for Feb. 22.

A second dose event scheduled for the fairgrounds on Thursday has been rescheduled for Feb. 23.

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Find the state-run COVID-19 dashboard below:

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Below is a breakdown of Florida COVID-19 data reported by the state on Feb. 17.


The Florida Department of Health reported 7,253 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the state’s overall total to 1,844,627 cases since the virus was first detected on March 1.


Florida reported 165 new virus-related deaths Wednesday, raising the death toll to 29,824. This number includes the 513 non-residents who died in Florida.


As of Wednesday afternoon, there were currently 4,460 people with the virus hospitalized in Florida, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

Since March, 76,825 people have been hospitalized in Florida after complications from COVID-19. That number includes the 300 new patients who have been recently hospitalized due to the virus, according to the health department’s daily report released on Wednesday.

Positivity rate

The percent of positive results was 6.42% Tuesday for the 112,927 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 Wednesday afternoon, 2,487,055 people have received at least the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine. The FDOH also reports that 1,181,166 people have received their second shot.

See COVID-19 data for the Central Florida region below:

CountyCasesNew casesHospitalizationsNew hospitalizationsDeathsNew deaths

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