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Florida Vaccine Updates: South Florida Walmarts to Get Doses This Week

Here's what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it

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As a limited supply of the coronavirus vaccine has become available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to stand in line for a dose.

Pharmacies across the Sunshine State will be getting a massive amount of new doses of vaccine in the coming days - while one South Florida county is aiming to help landlords and tenants impacted by the pandemic.

Here's what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it.

COVID-19 Vaccines Coming to Miami-Dade and Broward Walmart Stores This Week

COVID-19 vaccines will be administered at Florida Walmart stores and select Sam's Club stores starting this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

Walmart and Sam's Club stores in Miami-Dade and Broward will be part of the program.

Click here for the list and locations of the stores that will offer the vaccine.

Miami-Dade Mayor Urges Gov. 'Urgently Increase' Vaccination Efforts

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava wrote a letter Tuesday to Gov. Ron DeSantis, demanding that he "urgently increase" its vaccination efforts in the state's most populous county.

"Miami-Dade is home to nearly half a million seniors 65+ and the epicenter of the pandemic – but we are not receiving enough vaccines to vaccinate seniors at the same pace as other counties," she tweeted.

In the letter, she urges DeSantis increase the weekly allocation of vaccines to county sites and add additional lanes at staffing at large, state-run sites at Hard Rock Stadium and Marlins Park.

Florida Adds More Than 7,000 New COVID-19 Cases, Reports Over 230 More Deaths Tuesday

Florida reported more than 7,000 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, as the state's virus-related death toll increased by over 230.

The 7,023 new confirmed COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 1,790,743 since the outbreak began.

Another 232 virus-related deaths among Florida residents were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 28,048.

John Knox Village Giving Second Dose of Pfizer Vaccine Tuesday

Approximately 740 independent and assisted living residents and staff will receive the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine Tuesday at the Pompano Beach facility.

Residents and staff received their first doses in early January, part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' plan to vaccinated seniors in the state.

Florida to Receive 300,000 Additional Vaccines This Week

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that the state is set to receive another 325,000 doses this week from the federal government, a slight increase from the last shipment.

A part of the new doses, he said, will go to a new vaccination site in a part of Miami-Dade County.

“We are going to try and do 200 seniors a day, seven days a week in an area that may not have as many people vaccinated and that’ll be very important," he said.

One Million Doses of COVID-19 Vaccine to Be Shipped to Florida Pharmacies

Walmart and Sam's Club are expected to ship 1 million doses of the coveted COVID-19 vaccine to pharmacies across Florida this week, with vaccinations set to start Thursday.

The shipments are being received as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The program aims to speed up vaccine distribution and eventually expand to 40,000 pharmacies.

Nationwide, 6,500 pharmacies will be receiving the vaccine.

Homebound Bay of Pigs Veterans in Miami To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

Bay of Pigs veterans in Miami who are homebound will be getting COVID-19 vaccines brought to them.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a news conference at the Bay of Pigs Museum and Library Monday morning to announce the expansion of the state's homebound vaccine program to the veterans.

During the news conference, three Bay of Pigs veterans who had been captured and spent time as POWs were given the vaccine.

Miami-Dade Launches Relief Program for Landlords, Tenants Impacted by Pandemic

County leaders in Miami-Dade are taking additional steps to provide relief to landlords and tenants who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A new county relief program aims to help both landlords who haven't been receiving rental payments due to the federal eviction moratorium and tenants who are facing eviction.

The program will give assistance to about 7,000 families.

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