DATA COMPILED ON APRIL 7, 2021
Information about the COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida has been limited and, at times, confusing. My team and I have compiled the most up-to-date information about vaccine distribution in our community, and I will continue to update you as soon as we get any new details. To better understand exactly what is happening in Central Florida, I would like to hear from you about any difficulties you have experienced when trying to register for a vaccine appointment or to obtain information about vaccines. Please fill out the survey at the bottom of this newsletter so my office can better assist you.
I recently secured a bipartisan briefing for the Florida congressional delegation from the State of Florida on its vaccination rollout, which revealed numerous problems with the state’s effort to vaccinate residents in a swift and organized manner.
An insufficient supply of vaccines continues to be a problem in Florida and many other states. That’s why I’ve urged congressional leaders to prioritize the swift passage of an emergency, vaccine-focused bill that will help accomplish President Biden’s goal of 100 million shots during the first 100 days of his administration. We can pass this bill at the same time as we work urgently to enact more comprehensive COVID legislation through the reconciliation process.
In addition, I’ve urged the Biden administration to modify the formula it uses to distribute vaccine doses to U.S. states and territories. The current formula is based solely on a state’s population over age 18. That disadvantages states like Florida, since we have a relatively large population of seniors age 65 and over who need to be prioritized for vaccination, especially now that more contagious strains of the virus are circulating. I’ve asked the administration to update its allocation formula to send additional doses to states like Florida with large senior populations, who are the most likely to suffer serious health consequences as a result of the virus.
Rest assured I will keep fighting to get more shots in the arms of more Floridians and to put more money in the pockets of working families until we’ve defeated the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.
As of April 5, 2021, the state of Florida is allowing residents over the age of 18 to receive a vaccine. Floridians age 16 and 17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine with a parent or guardian present, after completing a COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. The form can be found here.
There are many vaccination sites in Florida. Some are located in malls and convention centers, while others are in stores such as Publix and Walmart. To find a comprehensive list of vaccination sites by county and city, click here.
ORANGE COUNTY INFO
- You can sign up for text or email alerts, see available vaccination sites, and register for a vaccine through the Orange County government website by clicking here.
SEMINOLE COUNTY INFO
- There are several mobile vaccination sites across Seminole County. To find a vaccine site near you click here. Vaccination appointments may open if cancellations occur.
While the vaccination process started off slowly, the number of people vaccinated in Florida is increasing. Here are the latest numbers in our state:
My team and I will continue to keep you updated. Be sure to follow my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for breaking news and more updates on COVID-19.
We must continue to exercise caution and get vaccinated as soon as possible to help stop the spread. My office will continue to keep you updated. Be sure to follow my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for breaking news and more updates on COVID-19.