Amending his previous Emergency Order, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered Floridians 60 years old and over will be qualified to get one of the COVID-19 vaccines available beginning on Monday, March 15, 2021. This will expand those who qualify to:
• Long-term care facility residents and staff;
• Persons 60 years of age and older;
• Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
• K-I 2 school employees 50 years of age and older;
• Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
• Firefighters 50 years of age and older.
Vaccinations are available throughout Palm Beach County and the State of Florida via Publix, CVS, Walgreens, and other locations. To find a site near you, you can visit the vaccine locater on the Florida Department of Health’s website. To be tested if you have COVID-19, one can go to this website to find a location: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/testing-sites/.
Over 92 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through March 8, 2021. During this time, VAERS received 1,637 reports of death (0.0018%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. There are three known COVID-19 variants: B.1.1.7 from the UK, B.1.351 from South Africa, and P.1 from Brazil. We have found most of these variants in Florida, Michigan, and California and so far make up very little to the percentage of COVID-19 cases of just under 4,000 cases.
So far, Florida has vaccinated 4,031,776 Floridians out of almost 22 million population, giving 6.2 million doses. In Palm Beach County, 331,000 of our 1.5 million citizens have been vaccinated. In Palm Beach County, total COVID-19 cases are down eight percent this past week and deaths are down by 39 percent.