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Florida Vaccine Updates: Publix Appointments Fill Up, State Sites Open on Presidents' Day

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.

Those looking to get their vaccine dosages at specific locations will still be able to get them Monday - even with the day being recognized as a federal holiday.

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

Florida Adds 3,600 New Covid Cases, Reports Over 150 More Virus Deaths Monday

Florida's COVID-19 cases continued to show signs of trending downward Monday, with the state reporting about 3,600 new infections, the lowest single-day total in months.

The 3,615 new confirmed COVID-19 cases brought Florida's total to 1,830,988 since the outbreak began.

Another 155 virus-related deaths among Florida residents were reported Monday, bringing the total to 28,934.

Weekly Publix COVID Vaccine Appointments Quickly Book Up, More Coming Wednesday

There was another wave of COVID-19 vaccine appointments available at Publix pharmacies in Florida Monday that were quickly snatched up.

Publix opened their online appointments for the week ahead at 7 a.m. Monday and less than an hour later they were booked up at every county including Palm Beach and Monroe.

Eligible seniors 65 and older will be able to check back on Wednesday at 7 a.m. to book an appointment for the following week.

State-Supported Testing and Vaccine Sites Remaining Open Monday

While Monday is President's Day, the Florida Department of Emergency Management said that all sites run by the state would remain open for testing and vaccination distribution.

Vaccination sites include both Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and Marlins Park in Little Havana.

Over 400 Vaccine Appointments Offered to Ineligible Patients by Mistake in Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade County offered more than 400 vaccination appointments to people ineligible for the shot, adding to the frustration many South Floridians have felt as they struggle to secure a dose.

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said that the vendor which handles vaccine appointments, Nomi Health, was to blame for the mishap.

A statement from Nomi Health's CEO and co-founder Mark Newman said that "email invitations to schedule a vaccine were sent in error to 432 people who do not yet meet the CDC's criteria for vaccination. Given the number of people patiently waiting their turn, we apologize."

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