Florida’s vaccine-registration website draws millions of people to sign up

Wells Dusenbury, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The state’s new COVID-19 vaccine registration website is in big demand — drawing more than 2.4 million people to sign up for notifications on appointments.

The state’s website myvaccine.fl.gov kicked off last month, giving the public updates on when appointments are available at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites near them.

South Florida, one of the state’s most populous regions, accounts for more than 20% of the state’s total signups, with over 491,000 people registering in the tri-county area as of last week, according to the latest figures made available by the state. About 266,000 people have signed up in Broward, 135,000 have registered in Miami-Dade, and 90,000 have signed up in Palm Beach County.

The website, which launched Jan. 29, allows people to be contacted by phone, text or email to schedule an appointment when they are available. Run by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, the website does not include other sign-up initiatives, such as hospital districts or the one that Publix is offering.

While you can register for the site, it may take weeks before you’re able to schedule an appointment.

Palm Beach County is still working through a separate list that began with 173,000 people and is now down to 30,000.

The county plans on finishing the initial wait list before moving on to the statewide system. That should take at least another month, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach County Healthcare District said.

Over 249,000 people of all ages in Palm Beach County have received at least one dose of the vaccine, state records show, equating to 17% of the population. That includes 202,000 individuals who are at least 65. Palm Beach County has over 400,000 residents who are 65 or older.

In Broward, over 229,000 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine, while in Miami-Dade over 268,000 have been inoculated.