Florida Department of Health Provides Week 13 Updates on Florida’s Vaccination Efforts Under Governor DeSantis’ Leadership

3/12/2021

Florida Department of Health Provides Week 13 Updates on Florida’s Vaccination Efforts Under Governor DeSantis’ Leadership

~Florida Continues to Add COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Statewide Through Strategic Partnerships~

Today, the Florida Department of Health issued an update on the progress of the state's vaccination efforts, as well as its weekly COVID-19 update. The State of Florida is in its thirteenth week of vaccine distribution and is continuing to increase vaccine access statewide.

Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, the state continues to develop proactive strategies to increase vaccine access to Florida’s seniors.

This week, Governor DeSantis announced the expansion of COVID-19 vaccination sites across the state of Florida through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. CVS Health will administer COVID-19 vaccines at an additional 76 locations, for a total of 157 vaccination sites statewide. This includes CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y más and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations. Walgreens is offering the vaccine at additional locations as well, administering COVID-19 vaccines at a total of 97 vaccination sites across 19 counties.

Governor DeSantis’ administration is taking the necessary steps to ensure the vaccine gets administered as quickly as possible. This week, new actions to continue Florida’s proactive approach to vaccinations includes the following:

Vaccinations:

To provide Floridians with the latest information about vaccinations in the state, the Florida Department of Health has issued a COVID-19 vaccine report that is updated daily. This report includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine by county, race, sex and age. Find the COVID-19 vaccine report here.

As of today, at 7 a.m., 4,031,776 individuals have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in Florida; 2,856,863 million are seniors ages 65 and older. 

State of Florida Vaccine Accomplishments To-Date:

Week 13 (Underway)

  • Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, Florida has expanded eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 60 years of age and older beginning Monday, March 15. This demonstrates Florida’s commitment to lead the way in putting seniors first for vaccine distribution. Executive Order 21-62 is available here.
  • This week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that CVS Health will administer COVID-19 vaccines at 76 additional CVS Pharmacy locations across Florida. The additional 76 retail locations are in addition to the 81 stores already in operation, bringing the total number of CVS Health vaccination sites to 157. These include CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y más and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations. Governor DeSantis’ announcement is available here.
  • This week, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Walgreens will administer COVID-19 vaccines at 85 additional Walgreens locations across 19 counties. The additional 85 retail locations are in addition to 12 stores already in operation, bringing the total number of Walgreens vaccination sites to 97. Governor DeSantis’ announcement is available here.
  • At the Governor’s direction, the state has launched a contact email for homebound seniors to register for the COVID-19 vaccine to be brought directly to them. To date, more than 1,500 homebound seniors have been vaccinated by state strike teams in order to increase access to the vaccine for vulnerable populations. To request a vaccine, email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com.
  • Under Governor DeSantis’ leadership, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and Florida Department of Health have announced a new partnership with AIDS Healthcare Foundation to provide vaccinations to individuals living with HIV in Florida. Through this partnership, AIDS Healthcare Foundation will be administering this vaccine at 18 locations in Broward, Duval, Escambia, Lee, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach and Pinellas counties. Governor DeSantis’ announcement is available here.
  • At the Governor’s direction, a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site was opened at Lake-Sumter State College in Sumter County. Lake-Sumter State College began operating on Wednesday, March 10 and will administer a total of 3,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines across three days for seniors in the Sumter County area. Governor DeSantis’ announcement is available here.
  • Governor DeSantis announced the opening of a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site at Concordia Lutheran Church in Brevard County. The site began operating on Friday, March 12 and will administer a total of 4,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines across four days for seniors in the Brevard County area. Governor DeSantis’ announcement is available here.
  • At the Governor’s direction, a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site was opened at Crane Lakes in Volusia County. The site began operating on Friday, March 12 and will administer a total of 4,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines across four days for seniors in the Volusia County area. Governor DeSantis’ announcement is available here.
  • This week, the eight satellite federally-supported COVID-19 vaccine sites rotated to new locations in order to increase access to the vaccine in underserved communities. Each satellite site location can administer up to 500 vaccines per day. This week’s satellite locations are available here.
  • At the Governor’s direction, the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health continue to identify places of worship and other locations in underserved communities where the COVID-19 vaccine may be administered. To date, more than 77,000 individuals have been vaccinated in partnership with places of worship. This week, the state is hosting another 11 one-day vaccine events with the faith-based community. Find this week’s locations here.
  • Under Governor DeSantis' leadership, more than 1,100 vaccination sites have been opened statewide in partnership with local communities and hospitals. The Florida Department of Health continues to identify active vaccine sites. All vaccine sites in Florida are posted on the Florida Department of Health's website here

Last week’s accomplishments are available here.

About the Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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Updated: Friday, March 12, 2021
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