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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:

  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Persons deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

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.

VACCINE APPOINTMENTS

  • There are many vaccination sites in Florida. Some are located in malls and convention centers, while others are beginning to open in stores such as Publix and Walmart. Each location has a different system for signing up to receive a vaccine dose, and some even show a running list of appointments that are available because people who were previously registered have cancelled.
    • To see most vaccination locations by county, click here.
    • Once appointments become available at Publix locations in Orange and Seminole counties, you will be able to view them by clicking here.
    • Once appointments become available at Walmart locations in Orange County, you will be able to view them by clicking here.
    • Once appointments become available at Sam’s Club locations in Orange County, you will be able to view them by clicking here.

SEMINOLE COUNTY INFO

  • You can check on vaccine appointment availability and get updates on which groups are eligible for vaccination at both this website and this website.

ORANGE COUNTY INFO

  • You can sign up for text or email alerts, download a phone or tablet application for alerts, see appointment availability, and check to see if there are any cancelled appointments available at the Orange County government website by clicking here.

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:

Area Total Number of People Vaccinated Individuals Who Have Received First Dose Individuals Who Have Received Both Doses
State of Florida 2,110,794 1,287,668 823,126
Orange County 98,447 55,009 43,438
Seminole County 42,732 22,329 20,403
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.

Representative Stephanie Murphy – SANFORD OFFICE
110 W. First Street, Suite 210
Sanford, FL 32771
Phone: (888) 205-5421

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