COVID Vaccine

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LEDE: Health officials say more than 30,000 Floridians have died of COVID-19, but hospitalizations and cases have continued to drop -- including in Northwest Florida, according to Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson. 

During his weekly virtual news conference Monday morning, Robinson lauded declines in overall cases and hospitalizations in the past few days. Over that time, cases have dipped to below the seven percent threshold.

Bad Weather Delays COVID Vaccine Shipment

Feb 17, 2021
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The state hopes storm-delayed doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will arrive Thursday or Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday.

DeSantis said the “vast, vast majority” of a weekly Pfizer vaccine delivery hasn’t been delayed by bad weather across large parts of the nation, but an entire shipment of 208,000 doses from Moderna is affected by weather issues.

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Teachers around the country are trying to find their place in line for the coronavirus vaccine. And while that spot is reserved in some places, close to home they are being shut out. 

“Educators want nothing more than to be back, in person with their students,” said Becky Pringle, president of the National Education Association, the largest teacher’s union in the country.

Pringle says the union has been asking for strong guidance from the federal government.

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Bonnie McLean takes good care of herself. She has a list of vitamins she takes; she drinks a protein shake every morning; and stays active. When she started to feel ill in mid-July, she didn’t immediately link her illness to COVID.

“It took me a week to realize how ill I was,” she said. “I woke up one morning and was tired and I thought maybe I hadn’t gotten enough sleep and I was so tired I didn’t want to do anything but I forced myself to get up and get on with my day.”

She thought she had a stomach flu. She had no respiratory issues, fever or cough. 

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Sunday, Feb. 7

Weekend Update

The state added 6,624 cases according to Sunday's FDOH report. The state also reported an additional 103 deaths.

Over the weekend, Escambia added 222 cases and reported an additional 16 deaths, total is 563.

Santa Rosa added 133 cases and reported no additional deaths, total is 222. 

Okaloosa added 122 cases and reported two additional deaths, total is 298.

Walton added 61 cases and reported two additional deaths, total is 73. 

Friday, Feb. 5

State Website Allows Pre-Registration For COVID-19 Vaccine

Jan 29, 2021
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Florida officials on Friday rolled out a statewide website for people to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccinations.

The website, myvaccine.fl.gov, allows Floridians to sign up for vaccinations within their home counties.

People who are eligible for the shots, including front-line health care workers and Florida residents ages 65 and older, will be contacted when appointments become available, according to Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz.