From the Office of Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, FL-D, District 7
|Information about COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida has sometimes been limited and, at times, confusing. For this reason, Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy, who represents District 7 that covers all of Seminole County and much of northern Orange County, compiled the most up-to-date information about vaccine distribution in our community, as outlined below.
To better understand exactly what is happening in Central Florida, Murphy invites the community to share any difficulties experienced when trying to register for a vaccine appointment or to obtain information about vaccines, by filling out the survey at the end of the article so her office can better assist.
In addition, Murphy has urged the Biden administration to modify the formula it uses to distribute vaccine doses to U.S. states and territories. The current formula is based solely on a state’s population over age 18. That disadvantages states like Florida, since we have a relatively large population of seniors age 65 and over who need to be prioritized for vaccination, especially now that more contagious strains of the virus are circulating. Murphy asked the administration to update its allocation formula to send additional doses to states like Florida with large senior populations, who are the most likely to suffer serious health consequences as a result of the virus.
Florida is currently in Phase 1 of vaccine distribution. This means that all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:
While these groups are being prioritized, the number of vaccine doses is limited, which has increased wait times. As more doses become available, the state will open up eligibility to other groups.
For a complete list of who is eligible, please click here.
Each county is making progress to implement their vaccination plan at a different pace, based on population size and local availability of the vaccine. Below is a list of current vaccination sites and tips on how you can stay up-to-date since information is changing rapidly.
SEMINOLE COUNTY INFO
ORANGE COUNTY INFO
While the process has been slow, the number of people being vaccinated in Florida is rising. Here is where things stand in the state of Florida, as of February 12:
Many Central Floridians have encountered problems finding clear information about who is eligible, how to register, and the number of vaccines available in their communities. If you have been one of these, and / or would like to share how you think Florida is handling the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, the survey below is for you.
Click here to take this short survey.