Florida vaccine supply to jump to 340k next week

Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
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The federal government is set to increase Florida’s weekly allotment of COVID-19 vaccines for a third straight week, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday.

The state is slated to get 340,600 initial doses between the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, with another 340,600 in second doses. That’s up from the 325,100 the state received this week, which was up from the 307,725 received last week. Doses arrive between Monday and Wednesday the week after they are announced.

In January, the state received about 265,000 initial doses per week for three weeks straight, which prodded Gov. Ron DeSantis to plead for increased supply. It’s still not at the 500,000 dose level he had requested, but supplies have been hampered by production by Pfizer. The weekly increases, now set to be about 75,000 more than what was seen in January, are due to more availability from Moderna.

The state’s allotment is separate from the new Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, which in Florida is partnering with Walmart, Publix and the parent company of Winn-Dixie, to provide vaccines at its pharmacies.

The state also had been supplying Publix with vaccines, previously rolled out at 325 locations in 23 counties, but now expanding to nearly 600 locations in 41 counties. DeSantis announced the program would come to 119 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across 34 counties as well.

The federal government was also responsible for supplying CVS and Walgreens for a program to vaccinate the residents and staff at nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The state allotment is used however the state sees fit, including whether or not it wants to use its second dose allotment immediately or hold onto them. DeSantis has stated Florida will keep second doses on hand to make sure the vaccines achieve the desired efficacy against COVID-19.

To date, Florida has received or is slated to receive a total of 5,957,500 doses, enough to vaccinate 2,978,750 people. The state has a population of 21.5 million.

It has doled them out to hospital systems, county health departments, state-run drive-throughs and the Publix partnership among other options.

Statewide, 2,057,154 people have received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, of which 756,334 people have received the second dose. The count is a snapshot through Monday, based on the report released Tuesday.

Of those who have received at least the first dose, 1,512,777 are over the age of 65. A detailed breakdown of who has been vaccinated so far can be found here.