FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As frontline medical employees have began getting the COVID-19 vaccine the previous two days, senior residents in long-term care services at the moment are preparing for the pictures.
Vaccinations will start at these services Wednesday throughout Florida. The state’s well being division is working with a number of completely different companies, in addition to CVS and Walgreens, to manage the pictures.
“Having the vaccine come out is almost like an Independence Day, where you’re finally getting your freedom back, where you can almost get back to old life” mentioned Charlotte Mather-Taylor, director of the Space Company on Getting older Broward County.
However she’s apprehensive about seniors caught at dwelling — some alone — saying they too must be prioritized.
Jared Moskowitz, Florida’s emergency administration director, describes the method like a tidal wave. Extra vials are coming, and extra teams will likely be vaccinated.
“After healthcare workers, after long-term care residents and staff, we’ll be doing EMS, paramedics, fire, and I think after that you’ll see folks 65 and older with comorbidities,” he mentioned.
The state is already planning for mass vaccination, too, with setups just like the virus testing websites. Moskowitz mentioned these are anticipated in February or March.
On high of drug producer Pfizer pushing out its vaccine this week, Moderna is anticipated to have its vaccine permitted for emergency use by the U.S. Meals and Drug Administration later this week, Gov. Ron DeSantis mentioned, which may imply shipments to Florida this weekend.
A Johnson & Johnson vaccine might be permitted in January, DeSantis mentioned, and that one will solely require one dose.
The primary cargo of Pfizer’s vaccine went to 5 main hospital methods in Florida, together with Jackson in Miami-Dade and Memorial Healthcare in Broward. They’re anticipated to share some doses with close by hospitals.
DeSantis mentioned most main hospitals within the state will get the Moderna vaccine, with about 370,000 pictures coming to Florida within the preliminary cargo as soon as permitted, after which one other 162,000 to comply with the week after that.
As for the Pfizer vaccine, an order is in for 205,000 extra pictures subsequent week and 247,000 the week after, DeSantis mentioned.
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