MUST REGISTER AT NOON ON THURSDAY
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The City of Boca Raton just announced at 11:48 a.m. Thursday that 200 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be available from the Boca Raton Fire Department on Friday. The catch: you must register at noon today — that’s in 10 minutes.
This message was just transmitted by Boca Raton Mayor Scott Singer:
The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (FDOH) will provide a limited amount of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine doses to Boca Raton Fire Rescue to administer to Boca residents 65 years and older TOMORROW. We anticipate receiving only 200 doses. We know that’s nowhere near enough for our city’s needs, but we are making available the limited allocation we have received.
At NOON today, qualifying residents over 65 who want appointments can sign up for the limited spots at www.myboca.us/vaccine. Please refer to that website for further details. Appointments are limited; no walk-ins available.
With only 200 doses, most people will not get the first set of appointments. For today, we are only getting 200 doses as a one-time distribution for this week’s allocation. This is all we have for now, and we didn’t want any of the few doses to go to waste. We know we need more and continue to press for more. I’m on the phone every day working on this. I know many of you may read this later today; there are further useful updates below, even if tomorrow’s slots are filled.
Public health leaders continue to assure us that all who want the vaccine will eventually get it, although it will take months to do so to vaccinate millions and millions of people. Please continue to be as patient as possible and follow health experts’ guidance in the meantime.
esterday, I organized a call for municipal mayors with the county health director Dr. Alina Alonso, the county mayor Dave Kerner, and the county administrator Verdenia Baker. Here are helpful updates from the call:
All Are Working on More Doses: As I’ve said in prior updates to you, our country is dealing with issues in the national supply chain. The county FDOH office received only 4,000 doses this week, so there is only so much to go around for now. We continue to press for more vaccine. This is a start. It’s not enough, but it’s better than nothing. We don’t control the allocation of vaccines, but we’ve made known that we stand ready to get vaccine out there if we receive more, as have many private entities in our city.
Doses Coming to Publix: Governor DeSantis announced a plan to make vaccine available at Publix locations in Palm Beach County. It’s estimated that 100 doses would be given at each site, and there are 78 stores in the county. While the possibility of 7,800 does not seem like a lot, our county FDOH office got only 4,000 doses this week, so it’s an improvement. We made clear our view that the scheduling system should reflect the 100,000 people who have signed up with the county FDOH office already.
Centralized Scheduling: The State is going to expand use of its appointment scheduling system called ShareCare to include PBC. The system is being used elsewhere. Dr. Alonso’s office and the county are pressing to ensure that the 100,000 people who’ve already emailed the FDOH address will be included and not skipped. It’s important the process be orderly. FDOH has been sending mass replies to all who emailed their address of firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm receipt and let them know that it will be weeks before more appointments are scheduled. FDOH needs increased supply of the vaccine to be able to set up more appointment. Broward County has also filled all of its slots for now. You can check back there at browardcovidvaccine.com. We don’t know when they will open more. Please stay tuned for news reports.
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