Florida Vaccine Updates: Site Overrun After False Rumors

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As a limited supply of the coronavirus vaccine has become available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to stand in line for a dose.

One of the area’s largest health providers will be lowering the age requirements and adding new people eligible to get their doses – while the Biden administration says all adults could be able to be vaccinated earlier than expected.

Here’s what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it.

Florida City Vaccine Site Overrun After False Rumors Said All Could Come

A Florida vaccination site had so few eligible takers Saturday that is started inoculating any adult who wanted a shot rather than let the vaccine on hand go to waste.

Word spread and on Sunday the Florida City site was overwhelmed, particularly after local state Sen. Annette Taddeo incorrectly tweeted that the federally run site would again take all comers. The Democrat, who was the party’s lieutenant governor candidate in 2014, later deleted that tweet and corrected herself.

Police had to calm the crowd Sunday when the site again enforced the state’s eligibility rules: 65 and older; frontline medical workers and police officers, teachers and firefighters over 50; and younger people with a physician’s note saying they would be endangered if they caught the virus.

South Floridians Line Up at COVID Vaccine Sites

NBC 6’s Kim Wynne has the latest on the vaccination efforts in the U.S. and across South Florida including what one local congresswoman had to say about the latest addition to the vaccination sites that opened this week.


Study Finds Mask Mandates, Dining Out Influence Virus Spread

A new national study adds strong evidence that mask mandates can slow the spread of the coronavirus, and that allowing dining at restaurants can increase cases and deaths.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Friday.

“All of this is very consistent,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House briefing on Friday. “You have decreases in cases and deaths when you wear masks, and you have increases in cases and deaths when you have in-person restaurant dining.”


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