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Florida Vaccine Updates: Miami Beach Seniors 65+ to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines

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.

Days after a site for vaccinations opened for one day only in Miami Gardens, a new site will open Monday just a few miles to the north.

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

Miami Beach Seniors 65+ to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations

Miami Beach has received a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines for distribution by the Miami Beach Fire Department to give to seniors ages 65 and older as of February 22.

The program will be offered on a first come, first qualifying basis by appointment only.

To schedule an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine, call 305-604-4255.

State Set to Receive Over 400k Doses This Week

Florida is set to receive over 400,000 doses, not including last week’s delivery from Moderna that was delayed because of the frigid winter weather. 

Miami-Dade and Broward counties are getting about 18% of the delivery, which includes enough of a supply for two community pods — one in each county. A decision on where those two pods will go in both counties is expected this week. 

Florida's Resident Covid Death Toll Passes 30,000, as State Adds 4,151 New Cases Monday

Florida reported more than 4,100 new COVID-19 cases Monday, as the state's virus-related death toll among residents surpassed 30,000.

The 4,151 new confirmed COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 1,872,923 since the outbreak began.

Another 159 virus-related deaths among Florida residents were reported Monday, bringing the total to 30,065. An additional 530 non-resident deaths have been confirmed in the state to-date, an increase of two since Sunday. 

The positivity rate for new cases in the state was 6.82% in Monday's department of health coronavirus report, the 14th day in a row it has been at or below 7%.

Publix Cancels Monday's Online COVID Vaccine Registration for Third Time

For the third time, Publix will not have online registration for COVID-19 vaccines at stores across the state.

The supermarket giant announced it would not have the Monday registration on its system due to doses not arriving in the state after weather forced delays in shipments from around the country. The weather delays caused similar cancellations for sign-ups twice last week.

New Vaccine Site Opens Monday in Miramar

Hundreds of vaccination doses will be handed out to some of the most vulnerable residents in the city on Monday at Vizcaya Park, located at 14200 Southwest 55th Street.

Residents of the city ages 65 or older as well as Southeast Focal Point Senior Center healthcare professionals are eligible to sign up for an appointment, with spots filled for the next two weeks. To sign up for notifications for further openings, click on this link.

Beyond 100M: Biden Team Aiming for Bigger Vaccine Numbers

It sounded so ambitious at first blush: 100 million vaccination shots in 100 days.

Now, one month into his presidency, Joe Biden is on a glide path to attain that goal and pitching well beyond it to the far more ambitious and daunting mission of vaccinating all eligible adults against the coronavirus by the end of the summer.

Limited supply of the two approved COVID-19 vaccines has hampered the pace of vaccinations — and that was before extreme winter weather delayed the delivery of about 6 million doses this past week. But the United States is on the verge of a supply breakthrough as manufacturing ramps up and with the expectation of a third vaccine becoming available in the coming weeks.

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