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COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Resources And Appointment Information


By Hallandale Beach Mayor Joy Cooper,

As COVID-19 Vaccines roll out, there have been plenty of glitches. For the past months, we have been hearing that the State Health Department is ready. Broward DOH boasted that they had received awards and became a model for the handling of the SARS Vaccine distribution. The Mayors group in Broward have been asking for their plan for over three weeks. On our last call, it was made clear by our County Mayor, that they had no plan, nor had the DOH given them any information.

We now know that the Vaccines were distributed by the hospital. Of the shipments they received, Memorial kept half and then distributed the rest to other area hospitals. They were gone almost instantly. These vaccines were the Pfizer brand that needed to be frozen. They started making appointments, the system crashed and then they were taking calls to schedule the second shot.

While this occurred, the other two Vaccines: Moderna and Aztra Zeneca Vaccines were released. The effectiveness of all the Vaccines is well over the percent of 50% that had been reported under the FDA emergency rules. Pfizer and Moderna both have a 95% effective rate, while AstraZeneca reported 92%. The spoiler alert is that they all need to be administered twice to reach this performance level.

As of Tuesday, a plan was somewhat rolled out. I have included both notices that I received. What was not included, was the release that there had been a POD (Point of Distribution) set up in West Park. This site was arranged by Senator Shevrin Jones in partnership with Koinonia Worship Center. To schedule an appointment, you need to call: (954) 964-2901. This site will start on Sunday, January 10th, starting at 10:00 a.m. All sites are for individuals over 65. It is still not clear how they are addressing at home healthcare workers or caregivers that live with Seniors and are under 65.

Five New Vaccination Sites Open This Week

1. Two vaccination sites for seniors age 65+ opened at County parks Sunday morning: Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek and Vista View Park in Davie. A third site will open at Markham Park & Target Range in Sunrise on Tuesday, a fourth on Friday at Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium in Lauderhill. Up to 500 new seniors per day, per site, can be vaccinated at these sites, which are run by Florida Department of Health in Broward (DOH-Broward). The number of vaccination sites will expand as Vaccine supply increases.

2. A fifth site, the former Holiday Park/War Memorial test collection site in Fort Lauderdale is temporarily closed and will reopen as a vaccination site on Thursday, January 7th, 2021.

3. An appointment is required for all vaccination sites. Thus far, DOH-Broward has provided 26,465 Vaccination appointments to individuals age 65+. All DOH-Broward appointments available are filled at this time. The appointment registration website is: www.BrowardCOVIDVaccine.com, they will resume operations as soon as more appointment times are available. Appointments can only be made online.

4. Once individuals receive their first dose of the Vaccine, they are given a scheduled time to return for their second dose. It is very important to return for the second dose at the time when you are instructed to do so.

5. The initial availability of a Vaccine does not reduce the need for ongoing testing, which is available for free at 12 locations in Broward County.

Here is the address for the appointment website: https://browardcovidvaccine.com/, keep checking in for appointments.

THIS WEEK IN BROWARD:

• Beginning on January 5th, patients and staff at Broward’s skilled nursing facilities who received Round 1 of the Vaccine will begin to receive Round 2 and first dose vaccinations will be given to those who did not already get vaccinated.

• Also beginning on January 5th, residents ages 65+ at three of Broward’s largest “55+” communities are receiving first round doses of the Vaccine – up to 500 residents per site, per day are expected to receive Vaccines at Wyndmoore in Coconut Creek, Kings Point in Tamarac and Century Village in Deerfield Beach. This is a state-run Department of Emergency Management initiative.

• Memorial Healthcare System started its second dose distribution Saturday to its healthcare workforce, medical staff and is distributing the Vaccine to the five hospitals they collaborate with, including: Broward Health, Holy Cross, Florida Medical Center, Westside Regional and Cleveland Clinic.

HOSPITAL RESPONSE:
In addition to Department of Health initiatives, there are 173 hospitals in Florida administering the Vaccine to health care workers with direct patient contact, including health care workers in their communities and persons age 65+ determined by hospital providers to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.

According to the state list, this includes at least nine hospitals in Broward: Broward Health Coral Springs, Broward Health Imperial Point, Broward Health Medical Center, Broward Health North Cleveland Clinic, Florida Medical Center, Holy Cross, Memorial Hospital Miramar, Memorial Hospital Pembroke Pines, Memorial Hospital South, Memorial Regional Hospital, Plantation General Hospital, University Hospital and Westside Regional Hospital.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:
Residents awaiting the Vaccine are reminded that the most effective safety measures they can take against COVID-19 continue to be by thoroughly and frequently washing hands, wearing a mask and maintaining social distance.

In the meantime, the hospital community reminds residents that hospitals are open, safe and ready to care for you. Please do not delay in getting necessary medical care due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

RESOURCES:
• Daily COVID-19 Update – dashboard of key indicators including number of cases, positivity rates, hospitalizations, deaths and number of business violations (https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/COVID19/DataDashboard#dashboard) and (http://bcgis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/302cd6515b484b248bcd0f4062a278fe)
• State of Florida’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan – submitted to the CDC. (http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/vaccination-plan/vaccination_plan_latest.pdf)
• Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-315 – limits Vaccines to long-term care facility residents and staff, persons age 65+, health care personnel with direct patient contact and persons deemed by hospital providers to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19
• Two types of the Vaccine are currently being distributed in Broward County: The Pfizer-BioNTechvaccine for use in persons 16 years of age and older; the Moderna Vaccine for use in persons 18 years of age and older.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
DOH-Broward: Visit: www.FloridaHealth.gov.
Call: (866) 779-6121. E-mail: COVID-19@flhealth.gov
Broward County: Visit: www.Broward.org/Coronavirus. Or Call The COVID-19 Hotline At: (954) 357-9500.

This update was prepared by Broward County ESF 14 – Public Information for the purpose of keeping elected officials, municipal contacts and key stakeholders informed about collaborative activities in our community to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have any questions, e-mail: mstapleton@broward.org.

As always, I am available anytime for your questions, concerns and ideas to make our City a better place. You can reach me on my phone/text at (954) 632-5700. You can e-mail me at: jcooper@cohb.org. Please visit my Facebook: MayorJoyCooper. Like it! Friend it! Share it!


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