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COVID19 VACCINE – Availability News for South Florida

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The following information has been compiled for the benefit of SoFlo communities to find out where and how they can register for COVID19 vaccination.

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02-10-21

*GOOD NEWS*
*VACCINE UPDATE FROM
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIM FEDERATION*
www.soflomuslims.com/vaccine

*SIGN UP FAST*

*WINN DIXIE*
*REGISTRATION IS OPEN. VACCINATION WILL BEGIN THURSDAY FEB 11, 2021*
To sign up: Winn-Dixie, www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine; Fresco y Más, www.frescoymas.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine; Harveys Supermarket, www.harveyssupermarkets.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine

*WALMART*

*REGISTRATION IS OPEN. VACCINATION WILL BEGIN FRIDAY FEB 12, 2021*
(Walmart and Sam’s Club)

To sign up: walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and samsclub.com/covid

*CVS and Walgreens*

*Registration plans not announced as yet.*

*PUBLIX*
WEST PALM BEACH LOCATIONS ONLY

*REGISTRATION EVERY WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 7 AM.*

To sign up: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida

o2-09-21 VACCINE AVAILABILITY UPDATES

*VACCINE UPDATE FROM
SOUTH FLORIDA MUSLIM FEDERATION*
www.soflomuslims.com/vaccine

WINN DIXIE
Will have 8,100 Moderna vaccines starting Thursday, Feb. 11. The company will offer the vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term-care facilities, as well as people ages 65 and older.
To sign up: Winn-Dixie, www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine; Fresco y Más, www.frescoymas.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine; Harveys Supermarket, www.harveyssupermarkets.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine

WALMART
[Walmart and Sam’s Club
Next key date: Walmart and Sam’s Club locations will expand this week to 22 more states, including Florida. The chain is already vaccinating in Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, the city of Chicago and 16 states. But there is no date yet for appointments to begin in Florida, and no locations have been announced.

To sign up: walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and samsclub.com/covid

CVS/WALGREENS

CVS and Walgreens drugstores aren’t in the first lineup of participants for Florida. They will eventually join, because CVS and Walgreens are both part of the federal initiative. Both have gone to nursing homes in Florida to administer the vaccines through a contract with the federal government.

PUBLIX
What you should know: The Publix chain has been offering COVID-19 vaccine sign-ups twice a week since Jan. 20 and gradually has added more counties in its vaccine rollout. Publix is offering vaccines in 23 counties in Florida, including Palm Beach County, as well as in the Florida Keys in Monroe. Publix pharmacies in Broward and Miami-Dade counties haven’t yet been added.

The company, citing feedback from the public, has gradually made adjustments, most recently changing its sign-up time to 7 a.m., an hour later than before.

To sign up: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida

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02-07-21 Can a vaccinated person infect me?

Bloomberg

Q&A: Can a vaccinated person infect me?

In this week’s edition of the Covid Q&A, we look at whether vaccination can prevent transmission of Covid-19. 

In hopes of making this very confusing time just a little less so, each week Bloomberg Prognosis is picking one question sent in by readers and putting it to an expert in the field. This week’s question comes to us from Michelle in Dunnellon, Florida. Michelle said that while her husband and many neighbors have begun receiving their Covid-19 vaccines, she will have to wait because she’s younger than the eligible age. She asks:

Once my neighbors have had their second shot, is it safe to socialize with them without a mask or social distancing? Can they still get Covid (without becoming ill themselves) and pass it to me?

Great question, Michelle. This has been a source of confusion for a lot of Prognosis readers. We think of vaccines as working by preventing the transmission of a disease. But that isn’t necessarily the case.

“The short answer is we don’t quite know yet,” says Buddy Creech, director of Vanderbilt University’s Vaccine Research Program.

Like many questions surrounding Covid-19, there just isn’t enough data yet to say whether vaccines can stop the virus from spreading.

“The clinical trials of Covid vaccines thus far have focused primarily on preventing the symptoms and severity of Covid rather than evaluating acquisition of the virus and transmission to others,” Creech says.

Patients who have been vaccinated can certainly still contract SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and pass it on to others. There are two reasons for that, says Matthew Woodruff, an immunologist at Emory University.

First, he says, being vaccinated doesn’t guarantee protection. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines have been shown to be extremely effective — about 95% — at preventing Covid symptoms, but that still means they won’t work in some people.

“This means that in your neighborhood of 40 vaccinated individuals, even if everyone has followed CDC recommendations, there will still likely be two people at risk of contracting and spreading the disease,” Woodruff says. “We do know that those two people will likely have less-severe disease than they would have otherwise, but I don’t think anyone would seriously argue that they are incapable of transmission.”

Secondly, says Woodruff, being protected from symptoms of a disease isn’t the same as being free from infection.

“It is certainly possible that patients that are otherwise protected from symptoms will still have low-level infections that they may not even notice,” he says.

Those caveats in mind, the coronavirus spreads most effectively through things like coughing and sneezing, so even just reducing symptomatic cases of the disease seems likely to slow the spread. Recent data have suggested that even one dose of the vaccine can drastically reduce viral infections. There is no reason to believe vaccines won’t reduce transmission rates; it’s just a question of by how much.

So while disease rates remain high, as they are now in the U.S., it’s important to stick to public health recommendations such as social distancing and mask-wearing.

“As more and more individuals become vaccinated, it will become easier and easier to expand our bubble, eventually leading us to the point where masks and distancing will no longer be needed,” says Creech. “For us to get there as quickly as possible, our focus still has to be masks, hands, space and vaccines.”

Thanks to all of you for writing in this week! Next Sunday, we’ll be answering the best question we receive again. So if you have any, we want to hear from you. Write to us at CovidQs@bloomberg.net — Kristen V. Brown 

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02-06-21 Pre-Register Now for the COVID-19 Vaccine

https://myvaccine.fl.gov/

COVID-19 vaccines continue to arrive in Florida in extremely limited supply. As we await additional vaccine supply from the Federal Government, we urge currently eligible Florida residents to save their place in line by pre-registering today.

Individuals 65 Years of Age and Older

Long-Term Care Facility Residents & Staff

Healthcare Personnel with Direct Patient Contact

Individuals Deemed Extremely Vulnerable to COVID-19

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01-30-21 VACCINE AVAILABILITY UPDATES

Assalamu Alaikum,

Islamic Center of Greater Miami is delighted to present the Covid Vaccine to the Muslim Community. If you are 65 or over please use the following link to register your information ASAP:

http://bit.ly/ICGMVaccine

Appointments are limited; first come, first serve. You will get a message of confirmation when an appointment is made available.
For questions, please text Dr. Samra at (786) 708-2288

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01-30-21 VACCINE AVAILABILITY UPDATES

State Announces New Vaccine Pre-registration Website

The Florida Division of Emergency Management today launched a statewide preregistration system for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. People 65 and older and frontline health care workers can visit myvaccine.fl.gov to pre-register for vaccine appointments that become available in their area. Those who have registered will be contacted by phone call, text, or email when appointments become available. A phone number has also been established for those without internet access. A complete list of phone numbers by county can be found here.

Another Way to Register for Vaccine Appointments in Broward Only

As mentioned above, appointments for COVID-19 vaccination sites operated by the Florida Department of Health in Broward (DOH-Broward) for those without internet access can be scheduled using the State appointment system. Seniors age 65+ and frontline healthcare workers can call 866-201-6313 to request an appointment. For those requiring TTY access, the number is 833-476-1526. When people call the appointment number, they will be asked via an automated system to enter information using their telephone keypad. Live agents will call people back to make appointments when they are available. ​

01-24-21 VACCINE AVAILABILITY UPDATES

VACCINE AVAILABILITY
1. Publix stores in Palm Beach are expected to accept new registrations every Wednesday and Friday beginning 6 am
publix.com/covid-vacvine/florida

2. Florida department of health in Broward county has changed their online registration process. New appointments for vaccine can be requested by calling 866-201-6313

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01-22-21 VACCINE UPDATES

– Publix stores in Palm Beach are expected to accept new registrations beginning Friday Jan 22, 2021.
publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida

– As per Florida Surgeon General, anyone who wants to receive a vaccine against coronavirus in Florida must prove they are a resident of Florida.

– Memorial, Baptist, and Mount Sinai have cancelled their upcoming 1st dose appointments. Check your text messages.

– Florida department of health in Broward county has changed their online registration process. New appointments for vaccine can be requested by calling 866-201-6313
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01-21-21 VACCINE THROUGH FL DEPT. OF HEALTH

DOH-BROWARD IS NOW INCLUDED
IN THE NEW STATE COVID-19 VACCINE
APPOINTMENT SCHEDULING SYSTEM

The Florida Department of Health in Broward County (DOH-Broward) is now included in the new State COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling system. Appointments for DOH-Broward COVID-19 vaccination sites can be scheduled using the system starting immediately. Seniors ages 65 and older, and frontline healthcare workers, can call (866) 201-6313 to request an appointment. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is (833) 476-1526. When people call the appointment number, they will be asked through an automated system to enter information using their telephone keypad. Live agents will call people back to make appointments until all current appointments are filled.

People who receive their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine at DOH-Broward sites through this new appointment system will be asked to schedule their second dose through this new system.

People who received their first dose of vaccine at a DOH-Broward site without making an appointment in this new appointment system do not need to make an appointment for their second dose. They should return to the same site on the date written on their vaccination card at the same time as they arrived for their first dose. Other than these individuals receiving their second dose, no one will be served without an appointment. “So far, of the 100,090 doses of COVID-19 vaccine provided in Broward County, 53,295 have been provided at DOH-Broward managed sites in partnership with Broward County, municipalities, BSO, and municipal law enforcement and EMS/Fire Rescue. We are looking forward to continuing to serve and protect our seniors and frontline healthcare workers via the new State appointment scheduling system,” said Dr. Paula Thaqi, Director of DOH-Broward.
For information about DOH-Broward, go to http://broward.floridahealth.gov.

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01-21-21 VACCINE AT CITY OF HOLLYWOOD

The City of Hollywood’s website has links set up for anyone age 65 and over to register for the COVID-19 vaccine at Carriage Hills Residential Community in Hollywood. If you or anyone you know are interested. Please see the link below for more information and instructions to make an appointment.

https://www.hollywoodfl.org/742/Emergency-Management

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01-21-21 – UPDATE FROM BAPTIST HOSPITAL

Due to vaccine supply constraints, we must suspend all first-dose vaccinations. Any appointments booked for January 20 and all later dates are now canceled, and we are not taking any new appointments.

At this time, we are able to fulfill all second-dose appointments and those appointments will not be affected.

https://baptisthealth-coronavirus.com/

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01-20-21 REGISTER FOR VACCINATIONS AT ALL WEST PALM BEACH PUBLIX

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01-17-21 AFTER VACCINATION PROTOCOL

Health officials from Dr. Anthony Fauci on down are cautioning people that no one can dump the the face masks and social distancing behavior just because they’ve been vaccinated. That’s because even people who are themselves immune to the virus might be exposed to it and transmit it to others. It can grow in the nose, says Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

“It’s possible that someone could get the vaccine but could still be an asymptomatic carrier,” said CNN Medical Analyst Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician. “They may not show symptoms, but they have the virus in their nasal passageway so that if they’re speaking, breathing, sneezing and so on, they can still transmit it to others.” Given these unanswered questions, the CDC says vaccinated people should still use “all the tools available to us” to stop the pandemic, including wearing a mask and staying at least 6 feet away from others.

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01-15-21 AMJA’S FATWA – COVID19 VACCINE IS PERMISSIBLE 

https://www.amjaonline.org/fatwa/en/87763/the-ruling-on-getting-the-covid-19-coronavirus-vaccine

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01-15-21 ISLAMIC CENTER OF GREATER MIAMI – VACCINE AVAILABILITY

Assalamu Alaikum,

Islamic Center of Greater Miami is delighted to present the COVID Vaccine to the Muslim Community. If you are 65 or over please use the following link to register your information ASAP:

http://bit.ly/ICGMVaccine

Appointments are limited; first come, first serve. You will get a message of confirmation when an appointment is made available.
For questions, please text Dr. Samra at (786) 708-2288

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01-14-21 WALK IN VACCINE LOCATIONS

broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Vaccination-Sites.aspx

walkin-locations-pdf

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PLEASE BE SENSITIVE TO OTHERS

Just because you have been fortunate enough to get vaccinated, do not boast about it by posting your pictures being vaccinated. There are thousands of others who are still struggling to get their turn. Count your blessings and help others getting vaccinated. Thanks

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01-14-21 VACCINE AT WEST PALM BEACH PUBLIX PUBLIX LOCATIONS

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/coronavirus/fl-ne-pbc-publix-vaccine-rollout-20210113-jum6324k7fbp3cgddbzvwkhyyy-story.html

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01-12-21 MEMORIAL  11:20 PM

Memorial appears to be giving new appointments for the vaccines. Hurry.

Mychart account https://mychart.mhs.net/mychart  or call 954-276-4340

If you do not have a Mychart account set up at memorial, go to mychart.mhs.net/mychart/signup

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01-12-21 Jackson Update

For those who signed by texting your contact information to the telephone numbers provided yesterday.

Alhamdo Lillah some folks have received appointment confirmations via text messages. Keep an eye on the text messages.

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01-12-21 – Memorial Hospital Update

Currently no appointments available. You may obtain latest update from:

https://www.mhs.net/patients-visitors/coronavirus-disease/covid-19-vaccination  or call 954-276-4340.

Requesting appointments via Mychart  is much quicker than via phone.

If you do not have a Mychart account, you can sign for a Mychart account https://mychart.mhs.net/mychart

When requesting appointment, choose one location at a time. Do not request appointment at both locations simultaneously. It does not work.

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01-12-21 DR. MOHSIN JAFFER

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01-11-21 – CLEVELAND CLINIC

Cleveland Clinic is also giving vaccines. If you have My Chart with them you can go in and try to make an appointment for 65 and up only. They are giving Moderna shots. Call 954-659-5950 for more details.

All Cleveland Clinic Florida locations have allocated their vaccine supply and have suspended scheduling eligible individuals. We are working closely with the state of Florida to receive additional supplies of vaccine as soon as possible. We will resume scheduling patients immediately when we receive additional vaccine supply.

Read more details here:

https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/covid-19-vaccine/florida

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01-11-21 – BROWARD COUNTY LOCATIONS

Below is an update of vaccination sites that will become available in the days to come.  Be well and SAFE!

Broward JIC Snapshot #2: 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, and 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. Vaccination Site Locations

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 7, 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, BrowardCOVIDVaccine.com, 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 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 instructed to do so.

5) The initial availability of vaccine does not reduce the need for ongoing testing, which is available for free at 12 locations in Broward County.  Test Collection Site Locations

THIS WEEK IN BROWARD

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

• Also beginning January 5, residents age 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 and medical staff, and is distributing 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 vaccine to health care workers with direct patient contact, including health care workers in their communities, as well as 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. Check back for updates.

1) Broward Health Coral Springs
2) Broward Health Imperial Point
3) Broward Health Medical Center
4) Broward Health North
5) Cleveland Clinic
6) Florida Medical Center
7) Holy Cross
8) Memorial Hospital Miramar
9) Memorial Hospital Pembroke Pines
10) Memorial Hospital South
11) Memorial Regional Hospital
12) Plantation General Hospital
13) University Hospital
14) Westside Regional Hospital
The above links take you to COVID-19 information from these facilities.

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

Residents awaiting the vaccine are reminded that the most effective safety measures they can take against COVID-19 continue to be washing hands thoroughly and frequently, 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 getting necessary medical care due to the pandemic.
RESOURCES
• Daily COVID-19 Update – dashboard of key indicators including number of cases, positivity rates, hospitalization, deaths and number of business violations
• State of Florida’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan – submitted to the CDC
• 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 vaccine are currently being distributed in Broward County: The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for use in persons 16 years of age and older; and the Moderna vaccine for use in persons 18 years of age and older.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION

DOH-Broward:                 Visit FloridaHealth.gov; Call 866-779-6121; eMail COVID-19@flhealth.gov

Broward County:             Visit Broward.org/Coronavirus;  Call COVID-19 Hotline 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 COVID-19. Email your questions at:  mstapleton@broward.org.

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Seniors can sign up at different locations throughout the tri-county area. For a list of centers where seniors can register, click on the link below:

Seniors sign-up here.

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01-11-21 – MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

If you have a MyChart account with Memorial Hospital, you may be able to get an appointment through MyChart or call 954-276-4340

01-12-21

Get latest updates from Memorial

https://www.mhs.net/patients-visitors/coronavirus-disease/covid-19-vaccination

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01-11-21 -WLRN

If you are looking to book an appointment for vaccination, click here for the details:

What you need to do for COVID19 vaccination appointment

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01-11-21 – JACKSON HEALTH

Jackson Memorial Hospital has reached out and they want to make available an allotment of vaccines this Wednesday (January 13) to the entire faith community. Our Muslim community has been invited and the vaccines will be on Wednesday Jan 13th for people 65+ in our community.

Vaccine site would be North Dade center.

From Dima Samra of UHI Clinic

Salam,

Just to clarify: Covid Vaccines will be made available to those 65 and older in our community on Wednesday, January 13.
There will be two locations: Jackson North and Jackson South.

Please simply TEXT your name, date of birth, 954-505-0701 to be placed on the list for Jackson North.

For Jackson South text (305) 281-1561 with your name and date of birth.

Once everything is coordinated and confirmed through Jackson, you will be contacted with the time and location via the number you sent the text message from.

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Yunus Ismail
Author: Yunus Ismail

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