Having reached the point where vaccines are accessible to anyone, the southern state has decided to stop running the operations of the vaccination centers and delegate the work to the counties and medical centers.
As part of this change, the authorities have decided to close the state vaccination centers. This does not imply that Florida will stop vaccinating against the coronavirus. Now, the logistics of vaccination will be in the hands of the counties, local municipalities, medical centers, pharmacies, and supermarkets.
"We are going to continue making sure that whoever wants a vaccine has it," Kevin Guthrie, director of the Florida State Emergency Management Directorate, told the press. In any case, the state government cannot completely ignore the distribution of vaccines since the doses are purchased by the federal government and sent to the states for internal distribution.
Vaccination centers are no longer crowded. There are no long lines or difficulties in appointments. Cases are declining, and vaccinations are as easy as getting the flu. Whenever a supplier requests food from the state, they are delivered within 72 hours, up from 72 to 72; Guthrie explained the reasons why he is committed to it.
Florida will still have more than 2,000 locations around the state where COVID 19 vaccines will be available without state centers.
Some state centers will close on June 18 and will remain open until the end of the second month. For example, in South Florida, Hard Rock Stadium, Marlins Stadium, and Overtown Youth Center will stop operating as vaccinations on June 18. The center located at Memorial University in Miami Gardens and Ronselli Park in Sweetwater will remain open until June 25. The Port of Miami and Port Everglades vaccine will close on June 20.
But just like the federal vaccination centers that closed earlier this week, counties will be given the option to take control of operations and keep them open. This is exactly what happened to the vaccination center coordinated by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), which opened on the north campus of Miami-Dade College. Federal authorities withdrew earlier this week, but instead of closing its doors, the same center now operates through Miami-Dade County.
Authorities in Florida's largest county, Miami-Dade, have not yet confirmed whether they will keep some state centers open. However, they said they are studying the possibility.
Miami-Dade averaged 25 percent positive cases last summer (July 2020), with about 3,000 cases a day in a county of about 3 million people. Today, the positive rate for COVID 19 is 2.73%, with 283 new cases per day, according to the last 24 hours. This is large because 50 percent of the general population has already received at least one dose of the vaccine in Miami-Dade County. At the same time, 86 percent of those 65 and older are already immunized.
In the state of Florida, in general, the statistics are good. 18.4 million doses of vaccine have already been provided here.