More COVID-19 vaccination sites will be opening in Broward this week, the county's mayor said Tuesday.
Mayor Steve Geller held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the county's vaccination plans, which includes distrtibution sites at Broward parks.
Vaccinations are being distributed to seniors at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek and Vista View Park in Davie, with another site opening at Markham Park in Sunrise Tuesday, Geller said.
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Another vaccination site will open at Holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, and at Central Park in Lauderhill on Friday, with another 3-5 sites possibly opening in the next two weeks or so, Geller said.
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Geller said 14 hospitals in Broward have received or are receiving vaccine doses, with Memorial Healthcare System to begin vaccinations for seniors 65 and older starting on Thursday.
In addition, the state's department of emergency management was setting up pods for vaccine distribution at at least three senior living centers in the county, Geller said.
Geller stressed that anyone wanting to receive the vaccine needed to make a reservation, with the vaccine supply remaining limited.
The website to sign up for vaccinations in Broward has been plagued with issues in recent days. The high demand for appointments appeared to have led to outages.
Geller placed the blame for the outages on the state, adding that the county was assisting but not running the process for administering the vaccine.
Geller said he's fielded a lot of angry phone calls and emails from people frustrated with the vaccine rollout, saying some may have misinterpreted Gov. Ron DeSantis' comments on vaccinations.
"One of the problems, unfortunately, and the governor never said that there were sufficient vaccines to give every senior their vaccination immediately, but I believe he may have given that impression to seniors or at least that's what seniors heard," Geller said. "So the seniors are all panicking because they think that they were promised the vaccination immediately. They were not but now they are feeling that, you know, faith has been broken with them."
Geller also encouraged people to still wear masks.