CVS to Give COVID Vaccine in Florida as State Administers 4.3 Million Shots

COVID vaccines will be available at over 80 CVS pharmacy locations across Florida this week, Governor Ron DeSantis said on Tuesday.

Residents aged 65 or over will be eligible for the batch of doses and appointments will become available via the CVS website from Wednesday, DeSantis said during a press conference held inside a pharmacy in Hialeah city, Miami-Dade County.

In the county, vaccines will be available at all of the 31 Navarro Discount Pharmacies, which are owned by CVS Health, and every single one of the 35 CVS y más stores, which are primarily focused on serving the Hispanic community.

In addition, Gov. DeSantis said 15 traditional CVS stores would also be offering COVID vaccinations in "numerous other counties throughout the state," naming Palm Beach County, Hillsborough County, St. Lucie County and Miami Dade County.

"Basically they were selected to help ensure vaccines reach underserved areas," the governor said, adding that vaccinations are likely to start taking place later this week, estimated for Thursday, with the doses arriving in the stores today.

"Once you go on tomorrow you will be able to select and make an appointment. To make an appointment at a Navarro Discount Pharmacy, CVS y más or traditional CVS pharmacy please visit," he said in comments streamed to Facebook.

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"There's a prominent display at the top of the website, when you put in your ZIP
code you will be directed to the best options locally," he added.

DeSantis said each CVS site in the state will be performing more than 100 shots a day but they could "scale up" if more supply of the vaccine is obtained.

"We are probably getting close to about two and a half million seniors that have had a shot, and we know [the] first shots seem to be pretty effective so I think you are going to see some positive trends because of these vaccines," he said.

As of Monday, the Florida Department of Health said at least 2,698,591 people had been vaccinated in total, with 1,300,197 people receiving a first dose and 1,398,394 people given two doses—required for a person to be fully vaccinated.

A Bloomberg vaccine tracker says 4,390,626 doses in total have been administered in Florida in total, with 6.9 percent of the population fully vaccinated. The difference in the stats between administered and vaccinated was not immediately clear.

On a broader scale, the CDC has said 44,138,118 people in the U.S. received their first doses and 19,438,495 people have received both, as of Monday.

Florida is currently prioritizing people aged 65 or older and health care staff with "direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. A pre-registration tool is in place for eligible residents in the state to schedule a vaccination.

The Sun-Sentinel reported CVS doses in Florida are being aided by the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on February 2 to help increase doses into local communities.

It is taking place in addition to the opening of four new COVID vaccination sites in Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville, also aided by the federal government.

Officials announced those sites will launch on March 3 and will operate seven days per week between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.—administering around 2,000 shots a day.

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Bible-Based Fellowship Church partnered with the Pasco County Health Department, and Army National Guard to assist residents who are 65 and older to administer the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine on February 13, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. COVID vaccines will be available at over 80 CVS pharmacy locations across Florida this week, governor Ron DeSantis said on Tuesday. Octavio Jones/Getty