Vaccine pod opens in Polk County

Medical staff vaccinating people at Four Lakes Golf Club Retirement Community

New vaccination sites open for seniors, healthcare workers in South Florida
New vaccination sites open for seniors, healthcare workers in South Florida

POLK COUNTY, Fla. – In an effort to bring more coronavirus vaccine to Florida’s elderly population, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that a vaccine pod will be stationed in a retirement community in Polk County.

The temporary vaccine site would be stationed in Winter Haven at Four Lakes Golf Club Retirement Community, a mobile home park.

DeSantis made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday morning in Pasco County, where a similar vaccination site opened.

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“We have seniors there in Polk to be able to get the shots just like they’re doing here in Pasco County,” he said.

The governor said the site should distribute 3,300 doses of the Pfizer vaccine over the next three days.

The mobile units are meant to help vaccinate Florida’s seniors, according to DeSantis. As of Tuesday, data from the Florida Department of Health show 36,685 have been fully vaccinated within Polk County.

Florida is also expected to soon receive its first doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Over the course of the pandemic, DeSantis has expressed how the new vaccine could improve vaccination logistics as it does not need to be stored in ultra-cold temperatures and does not require a second shot.

The governor reiterated during the news conference that the state is expecting to receive 175,000 doses of the single-use vaccine.

“That’s a great vaccine because it’s one dose, you don’t have to come back for a booster and it was 100% effective at preventing death and serious hospitalization and the clinical trials,” he said.