Department of Health provides updates on vaccination efforts

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TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Health issued an update on the progress of the state’s vaccination efforts. The State of Florida is in its 24th week of vaccine distribution.

As the state transitions out of emergency operations into a locally-led public health effort, this will be the last state Joint Information Center vaccination weekly press release. Beginning Friday, June 4, COVID-19 case and vaccine reporting will remain available weekly at floridahealthcovid19.gov.

As of May 28, at 7 a.m., 10,169,597 individuals have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Florida; 3,824,580 million are seniors ages 65 and older.

As the State of Florida surpasses more than 10.1 million Floridians vaccinated, COVID-19 vaccinations are being transitioned to a locally-led effort through primary care providers, retail and pharmacy locations, county health departments under the Florida Department of Health and local governments.

All state-supported vaccination sites will transition to the local level by Friday, June 18. First doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine will continue to be available through June 18. Individuals will receive their second doses either at the nearest county health department or through another local provider. Additionally, all state-supported vaccination sites now offer the one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

State-supported mobile vaccination events will continue through Friday, June 25. The mobile vaccination schedule is posted daily at FloridaDisaster.org/Vaccine.

As part of this transition, the State Emergency Operations Center will move to a Level 2. The State Emergency Operations Center has been activated at a Level 1 for more than 445 days in response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccination services continue to be available statewide at more than 2,000 locations. Find a full list of COVID-19 vaccination locations at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/.

Governor DeSantis’ administration is taking the necessary steps to ensure the vaccine gets administered as quickly as possible. This week, new actions to continue Florida’s proactive approach to vaccinations includes the following:

Vaccinations:

To provide Floridians with the latest information about vaccinations in the state, the Florida Department of Health has issued a COVID-19 vaccine report that is updated daily. This report includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine by county, race, sex and age. Find the COVID-19 vaccine report at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/.

Appointments are no longer required at any state-supported vaccination site. Individuals ages 18 and older are eligible for vaccination, as well as individuals ages 12 and older receiving the Pfizer vaccine with the consent of a parent or guardian. Find a full list of state-supported vaccination sites at https://www.floridadisaster.org/covid19/vaccine/.

State of Florida Vaccine Accomplishments To-Date:
Week 24 (Underway)

• The Florida Division of Emergency Management recognized the Florida Association of Nurse Anesthetists (FANA) for their support in state vaccination efforts. FANA partnered with the Division to identify and organize nurse volunteers for vaccination sites statewide. Through this partnership, the state had more than 3,300 volunteers statewide.

• The state hosts mobile, one-day vaccination clinics in partnership with local community organizations to increase vaccine access to all Floridians. The state hosts up to 30 mobile vaccination events per day. The mobile vaccination event schedule is posted daily at FloridaDisaster.org/Vaccine.

• Federally-supported vaccination sites in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami completed their missions Wednesday, May 26. To date, the sites administered more than 784,000 to Floridians in underserved communities.

• To date, more than 27,300 vaccines have been administered through the statewide homebound vaccination program. The state continues to encourage homebound individuals to sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at their home by filling out the survey available here, emailing HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com or by calling 866-779-6121.

• The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health continue to identify places of worship and other locations in underserved communities where the COVID-19 vaccine may be administered. To date, more than 108,500 vaccines have been administered in partnership with places of worship. Find this week’s places of worship vaccine events at https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/981e561ca7f84b33a6ddcb3fa61cd575

• Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, more than 2,000 vaccination sites have been opened statewide in partnership with local communities, pharmacies and hospitals. The Florida Department of Health continues to identify active vaccine sites. All vaccine sites in Florida are posted on the Florida Department of Health’s website at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/

Last week’s accomplishments are available at https://www.floridadisaster.org

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