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Florida Vaccine Updates: Navarro and Select CVS Locations to Offer Doses, Jackson Health Expands Appointments

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.

Residents in South Florida will have new options starting Wednesday to get the vaccine - while one family is sharing their love after being apart from their loved ones while waiting for the vaccine.

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

Florida Adds 5,600 New Covid Cases Tuesday, as State Reports Over 150 More Deaths

Florida reported more than 5,600 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, as the state's virus-related death toll increased by more than 150.

The 5,610 new confirmed COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 1,878,533 since the outbreak began.

Another 148 virus-related deaths among Florida residents were reported Tuesday, bringing the total to 30,213. An additional 536 non-resident deaths have been confirmed in the state to-date.

The positivity rate for new cases in the state was 6.50% in Tuesday's department of health coronavirus report. The positivity rate for all cases, including people who have already been tested, was 8.46%.

Some Florida Teachers, Law Enforcement Could Soon Be Eligible for Vaccines

Certain Florida teachers and law enforcement members could soon be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday.

Speaking at a news conference in Hialeah, DeSantis said the state could soon offer vaccine shots to classroom teachers, law enforcement officers and firefighters 50 and older.

DeSantis said the opening next week of four new federally supported vaccination sites, including one at Miami-Dade College, could make it possible.

"As long as it works out to where the doses will be allowed for this, we want that to be open not just to seniors but to sworn law enforcement and classroom teachers," DeSantis said.

Navarro Pharmacies, Select CVS Locations to Vaccinate Seniors Starting Wednesday: Governor

Seniors in South Florida will be getting new options for a way to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a press conference Tuesday in Hialeah.

DeSantis announced all 31 Navarro Discount Pharmacies in Miami-Dade County as well as CVS y Mas Pharmacies would begin to schedule appointments.

Additionally, four CVS locations in South Florida - one in Miami-Dade, two in Broward and one in Palm Beach - would also began to schedule appointments Wednesday. DeSantis announced 15 locations across the state would schedule appointments, aiming to helped underserved areas of the state.

Miami's Jackson Health Expanding COVID Vaccination With Specific Conditions

Miami's Jackson Health System is expanding their COVID-19 vaccination program to people 55 and older with specific medical conditions starting Tuesday.

CEO Carlos Migoya announced Friday the health system identified certain conditions that are associated with the most serious risks of COVID-19, and will begin offering vaccines to Florida residents who have the conditions.

Florida Gov. May Issue Order Allowing Police to Get Vaccine: Sources

Gov. Ron DeSantis may act soon to get COVID-19 vaccine shots into the arms of law enforcement officers, sources told NBC 6.

On Friday, Miami-Dade announced that the federal government will be providing 2,000 vaccines a day at Miami-Dade College North and another 1,000 with a mobile van. Sources told NBC 6 DeSantis may be issuing an executive order allowing some of the additional shots to go to police.

As of Monday, of the 565 Miami-Dade officers that have tested positive for COVID-19, 37 of them still are not back at work.

‘A Great Feeling': Grandparents Reunite With Family After Getting Vaccine

It’s been a year since many grandparents haven't been able to hug or kiss their grandchildren after social distancing rules were put in place to lower the risk of spreading the coronavirus.

Now that the vaccine is out, one South Florida family has reunited. 

October 2019 was one of the last times Sesha and Vijaya Komanduri got to be close to their grandchildren before the pandemic. Sesha Komanduri told NBC 6 that on Feb. 3, both he and his wife got their second vaccine shot, and Sunday they got to hug their grandchildren. To hear about that emotional moment, click here for the story from NBC 6 reporter Derrick Lewis.

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