Florida News that impacts you – February 24th, 2021
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- With 5,610 new COVID cases reported on Tuesday by the Florida Department of Health, Florida weekly trend for daily cases is below 5,900 for the first time since November 14th.
- For the fifth consecutive day more Floridians were vaccinated with a second dose of COVID vaccine than a first as Florida continues to struggle with a combination of fewer vaccines being allocated to our state under the Biden administration along with shipment delays due to last week’s winter storms. Delayed Moderna vaccines have begun to arrive. 1.3 million Floridians have received a first dose and are awaiting their second, while 1.4 million have completed the two-dose schedule.
- Demand for vaccines appears to remain below state average in South Florida as the tri-county has accounted for only around 20% of the requests for vaccines appointments via the Florida Emergency Management’s myvaccine.fl.gov website. The tri-county accounts for 29% of the state’s population. This info comes on back of Jackson Health, in Miami, becoming the first health system in the state to open vaccination appointments up to those not originally included in Florida’s Phase 1 vaccination program due to waning demand. Related...
- Governor DeSantis announced Tuesday that teachers and law enforcement professionals 50 and older will soon be eligible for COVID vaccinations offered through the federal program. An update on the timeline is expected by the end of the week.
- Trip Advisor’s annual Best Beaches survey has eight Florida beaches in the top 25 including St. Pete Beach ranking 1st nationally. All eight beaches on Florida’s gulf coast.
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