As Florida sees 6,341 new COVID-19 cases, some counties work with state data to get more vaccines to areas in need

Orange County lost access to vaccine data by zip code earlier this week

FILE - In this  Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, a pharmacist with Walgreens Pharmacy prepares a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for residents and staff at the The Palace assisted living facility in Coral Gables, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2021, file photo, a pharmacist with Walgreens Pharmacy prepares a syringe with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for residents and staff at the The Palace assisted living facility in Coral Gables, Fla. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is walking back his claims that his state has now vaccinated 1 million seniors. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – As vaccination efforts continue, many counties are relying on state data to determine how to get more vaccines to areas in need.

Earlier this week, Orange County’s access to the Florida Department of Health’s database was revoked after the release of vaccine distribution rates by zip code. News 6 is now learning other counties also do not have access to this data, including Seminole County, where officials say the data isn’t needed because it’s easily accessible through the Seminole County branch of the FDOH.

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According to state COVID-19 data, Volusia County saw its highest single-day increase in hospitalizations Friday with 23 new hospitalizations, but health officials are not tying the increase to a single event. The county said it is anticipating more than 200,000 attendees at Daytona Beach for Jeep Beach week, which kicks off Monday.

“COVID-19 related hospitalizations have increased. The increase in hospitalizations cannot be tied to a specific event, but the CDC still recommends both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people wear masks while in public and avoid medium or large-sized public gatherings,” the county said in response.

With the pause in Johnson & Johnson vaccines statewide, the Florida Division of Emergency Management canceled all its mobile vaccination events for this weekend. The press secretary for FDEM said in a statement that these mobile sites are crucial to vaccinating underserved communities throughout the state.

FEMA-backed vaccination sites will once again administer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine starting next week. Prior to this change, the sites used J&J vaccines as they continued to offer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

[READ YESTERDAY’S REPORT: Experts predict longer wait for herd immunity as Florida reports 7,276 new COVID-19 cases ]


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