South Florida Seems To Be Running Out Of People Who Want To Get The COVID-19 Shot

CBS4's Jessica Vallejo reports both Broward Health and Jackson will stop administering first doses.

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LAUREN PASTRANA: Now at 7:00. Vaccine demand dwindles. Along with most of the country, South Florida seems to be running out of people who want to get the COVID-19 shot. Jackson Health System announced it will end its vaccination program at the end of this month.

ELIOTT RODRIGUEZ: And one of the reasons officials there cite is the decrease in demand throughout South Florida. CBS 4's Jessica Vallejo joins us now live from Jackson Memorial Hospital with the details. Jessica?

JESSICA VALLEJO: Well, that's right, Eliott and Lauren. Within the coming days, both Jackson and Broward Health will no longer be administering first doses. However, today I spoke to a specialist who tells us what's going on here in South Florida. The US is nearing a milestone. As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says half of the US adults have at least one dose-- a big step in the race between vaccines and variants.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: That's the reason why you want to get our population vaccinated.

JESSICA VALLEJO: But as US health officials race to get more shots into arms, some experts now warn the country will run into another challenge in the next few weeks. Vaccine supply will likely outstrip demand.

DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: This is a public health issue. It's not a civil liberties issue.

JESSICA VALLEJO: In a recent poll from Monmouth University, shows about one in five adults say they're not willing to get vaccinated. The divide is mostly along party lines and their reasons vary. But what's going on in South Florida?

DR. AILEEN MARTY: President Biden enacted somewhere around eight different executive orders, and among those executive orders were orders that ensured that we would have more than adequate vaccine doses. Both Broward Health and Jackson Health have announced they will end their public vaccine programs due to low demand in the extensive vaccination resources now available throughout South Florida. Broward Health will stop administering first doses April 23 and Jackson Health on April 30.

However, Dr. Marty says this does not mean people are not getting vaccinated in South Florida. She says more sites available have played a role. We do have a tremendous amount of vaccine compared to the demand. And if you look at it, we have put vaccines in arms in over 40-- at least one dose in over 40% of the population.

JESSICA VALLEJO: However, to reach herd immunity, 70% to 80% of the population must be vaccinated.

DR. AILEEN MARTY: You need to vaccinate yourself because that helps bring down your risk. You need to vaccinate others because it also helps bring down your risk. By helping ourselves, we're helping each other.

JESSICA VALLEJO: Now Dr. Marty says for us to reach herd immunity, we going to continue to get vaccinated. If not, the virus will continue to linger. I'm live in Miami. Jessica Vallejo, CBS 4 News.