Central Florida seniors targeted for vaccination as state reports 8,281 new COVID-19 cases

Central Florida seniors targeted for vaccination as state reports 8,281 new COVID-19 cases

February 09, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis plans to bring a “vaccine pod” to Central Florida, targeting a retirement community in Polk County.

The governor made the announcement Wednesday during a media briefing in Hillsborough County. The pod is set to arrive at Solivita in Polk County on Thursday, though no other details were offered.

The pods are part of the governor’s “seniors first” plan to target Florida’s 65 and older population for vaccination.

“We have the highest percentage of our seniors who have been vaccinated,” DeSantis said, comparing Florida’s vaccination program to other states. “We’re almost (at) 23%.”

The vaccine pod announcement comes as Central Florida continues to see high demand for the vaccine.

Publix reopened its online portal for people to make a vaccine appointment on Wednesday and all of those openings filled within less than two hours.

Currently, only health care personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff at long-term care facilities and people 65 and older may make an appointment through Publix for a vaccination.

The Florida Department of Health-Lake County also opened a new vaccination clinic Wednesday in the parking lot of an Amazon distribution center in Groveland. The site is first-come, first-served and reached capacity within 40 minutes.

Read More at https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/01/27/central-florida-seniors-targeted-for-vaccination-as-state-reports-8281-new-covid-19-cases/

Author : Emily

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