Initial COVID-19 Vaccination Operations in Palm Beach County will include three priority population groups as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-315:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff,
- Persons 65 years of age and older; and
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
The Governor designated two target communities in Palm Beach County with largely 65+ populations to receive some of the initial doses of the vaccine. Those communities are Century Village and Kings Point. The Town of Palm Beach had an existing vaccination Point of Distribution (POD) dating back to the H1N1 Virus in 2009 and was able to receive access to some vaccine doses as well. Mass distribution sites for receiving the vaccine have been established and the County is prepared to distribute the vaccine County-wide. Although the County has the tools and plan in place to distribute the vaccine, there is a shortage of the vaccine itself. In a nutshell, here is the math:
- Palm Beach County originally received 20,000 vaccine doses on December 23.
- 4,500 additional does were received shortly afterward.
- 17,500 doses have been administered to the priority populations so far
- 7,000 doses remained as of this past Tuesday morning with a projected 5,000 remaining at the end of yesterday.
- The Department of Health anticipates being at zero doses on Monday if no additional shipments of COVID-19 Vaccination are received from the State.
- Palm Beach County, with a population of 1.5 million (400,000 over 65 years of age) and thousands of healthcare workers, the available doses don’t go too far. The State did not receive the requested allotment from the Federal government, and other Counties are experiencing similar shortages.
Please continue to make appointments via email by sending the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org :
- Full name
- Date of Birth
- Phone Number
- Address with zip code
Please check the links below for the most updated and comprehensive information from Palm Beach County, as the information is subject to change and the County anticipates additional updates within the next 24 hours.
As always, please contact Chief Trevor Steedman with questions. (561) 296-3380 or email@example.com