New federally supported COVID-19 vaccine sites coming to Florida, including Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – In a few weeks, four new federally supported COVID-19 vaccination sites will open in Florida’s biggest metro areas, including Orlando. [TRENDING: Florida women dress as grannies to get vaccinated | NASA sticks landing on Mars | Puppy schemes rise during pandemic]The White House COVID-19 Response Team announced the new vaccine sites called Community Vaccination Centers Friday during a news briefing. AdThese sites will act as “hubs” with additional supporting, smaller vaccination centers in nearby communities. 6% of the population has a limited English proficiency, and 6% of households do not have a vehicle,” according to the White House news release. The Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida National Guard have formed a partnership to operate the four sites.
‘You’ve stolen a vaccine:’ Video shows women who posed as seniors at Florida COVID-19 vaccination site
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – Body camera video released Friday shows deputies scolding two women who tried to pose as seniors so they could get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Orange County Convention Center site. Dr. Raul Pino from the Florida Department of Health in Orange County said two women came to the site Wednesday “dressed up as grannies” so they could receive their second shot. Right now, Florida is only vaccinating those 65 and older, as well as health care workers. You’ve stolen a vaccine from someone that needs it more than you and now you’re not going to get your second one,” a deputy told the pair. He said it’s possible the women may have known someone at the site who allowed them access.
Seniors in Seminole County receive second dose of coronavirus vaccine
Both sisters were more than happy to finally be getting the second shot of the coronavirus vaccine after getting the first shot last month. It was just amazing how fast Seminole County got this together and how organized they were and we are very impressed,” DeBroske saidSeminole was the first county in the state to give the vaccine to the public last month. On Monday, officials said about 200 seniors were scheduled to get the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Really a lot of hope here today as we help to really save lives,” Seminole County Emergency Management Director Alan Harris said. Harris said they will begin administering the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine this weekend for seniors who have appointments set up.
Paddock Mall in Ocala opens as new COVID-19 vaccination site
OCALA, Fla. – AdventHealth Ocala leased two storefronts and a main area at the Paddock Mall in Ocala to expedite coronavirus vaccinations and make it more convenient for seniors in Marion County. “I’m excited that I’ll be protected and maybe be around people again.”Sherry Prowdly and her husband, Tom Prowdly, said the Paddock Mall vaccination site was convenient and quick. So far, the county’s health department said a little more than 17,000 people in Marion County have been vaccinated. The county’s health department said it receives about 3,000 doses a week. The county’s health department said it will continue to use the mall as a vaccination site when the eligibility requirements are extended to the public.
Senior residents at Eustis nursing home receive second dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Residents at Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center received the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 13, 2021. EUSTIS, Fla. – Several residents at the Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday. Aalbrand said she couldn’t be happier to receive the second dose because this will mean more family time for her from now on. Lake Eustis Health and Rehabilitation Center is home to 71 seniors. Several staff members were also scheduled to get the second dose on Wednesday.
More Florida Publix pharmacies to begin offering COVID-19 vaccine
Ron DeSantis announced that more Florida Publix pharmacies will soon begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to residents 65 and older. He said registration will open Wednesday for seven Publix stores in Okaloosa County, five in Santa Rosa County and six in Escambia County. He emphasized that the Publix locations are only open to elderly Florida residents and anyone without an appointment will be turned away. A full list of Publix locations offering the shots is available here. Last week, DeSantis announced that select Publix locations in Marion, Citrus and Hernando counties would begin inoculating seniors.
Florida governor stands by decision to prioritize vaccines for seniors
But the Trump administration’s decision to use supplies it has held in reserve to vaccinate more people has some Florida hospitals worried. Bob Keenan, chief medical officer of Moffitt Cancer Center, said the Tampa-based hospital will exhaust this week its initial COVID-19 vaccine supply. Meanwhile, not all the concerns hospitals expressed on Tuesday’s call with state health officials stemmed from the Trump administration’s reversal in policy. An acronym for “state health online tracking system,” SHOTS is a centralized information system that keeps track of immunization records. Additionally, the state has passed emergency rules that require providers to report in the SHOTS system all vaccinations administered.
1 million doses of vaccines unused in Florida, CDC data shows
FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Monday afternoon, of the more than 1.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines given to the state of Florida, only about 633,000 have been administered. The data is updated daily on the CDC’s COVID Data Tracker, meaning of the vaccines received only 38% have actually been given. Unlike other counties, being smaller, Flagler County only received 1,700 doses so far and didn’t receive any this week. “We have zero left.”However, the CDC data would show the supply is there, with 1 million doses still unused. News 6 emailed the Florida Department of Emergency Management to see where the delay in the roll out is and where are the 1 million un-used doses sitting.
Florida Department of Health releases new daily report on number of COVID-19 vaccinations
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health on Saturday issued its first vaccine report that will be updated daily, just like the number of COVID-19 cases. The data shows the following cumulative totals of vaccinations in Central Florida counties:Orange County - 3,210 vaccinationsSeminole County - 1,125 vaccinationsBrevard County - 85 vaccinationsVolusia County - 212 vaccinationsLake County - 316 vaccinationsMarion County - 74 vaccinationsOsceola County - 386 vaccinationsFlagler County - 22 vaccinationsSumter County - 12 vaccinationsThe view the entire report, click or swipe here. News 6 went through the list and found more than three dozen hospitals in Central Florida. The state posted a list at this link of Florida hospitals set to receive the Moderna vaccine. Dr. Stephen Smith serves as the chief scientific officer for AdventHealth’s Central Florida Division.