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BOCA AREA HOSPITALS: Still Working On COVID-19 Vaccine Plan For Seniors

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Boca Raton Regional, Baptist East and West Say Not Ready Yet For Shots. No Word From Delray Medical, West Boca Medical Center.

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A Baptist Hospital System employee receives a COVID-19 vaccine in South Palm Beach County on December 28, 2020. (Courtesy: Baptist Health System).

BOCA RATON, FL ( — Florida Governor Ron DeSantis can sign all the orders that he chooses to sign calling for those over 65 to be among the first to receive a COVID-19 shot, but it means nothing if the hospitals aren’t playing ball.

Baptist Health Systems, which runs Boca Raton Regional Hospital and the Bethesda Hospitals (East and West) in South Palm Beach County, is not ready to vaccinate the public at this time.

“We are making plans to offer the vaccine to seniors over the age of 65 and other vulnerable patient populations in the near future,” wrote Baptist Spokesperson Michael Maucker to ”We don’t have details to share at this time, but look forward to communicating our plan soon.”

Also silent as usual: West Boca Medical Center and Delray Medical Center, both are owned by Tenet Healthcare. Tenet has issued no media advisories locally on COVID-19 vaccine administration. We note it took Tenet several weeks to acknowledge COVID-19 on its local websites when the pandemic started.

Anxious seniors are contacting, asking when and how they can receive shots. The answer for now: you can’t.


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