State Senator Kathleen Passidomo Update

Friday marks the end of committee weeks in Tallahassee. We will reconvene on Tuesday, March 2, to begin Florida’s first Legislative Session since the outbreak of COVID-19.
Since the adjournment of the 2020 Legislative Session, the landscape of Florida and our nation has drastically changed. I know the pandemic has created obstacles and challenges for many of us. Rest assured, through the leadership of Senate President Wilton Simpson, the Senate is prepared and ready to tackle the challenges that lie ahead and provide much-needed support for Floridians, especially the most vulnerable and in need.
As Chair of the Rules Committee, I plan to advance policies that will help our state recover and rebuild from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Update
Florida received about 345,000 first-dose COVID-19 vaccines this week. About 200,000 of those doses arrived later than expected due to the inclement weather experienced nationwide.
As we anticipate additional shipments, the state will open up more vaccination sites in Florida.
As of Thursday, February 18, 2,487,000 vaccine doses have been distributed in Florida. Despite some slight delays, Florida has delivered a higher percentage of COVID-19 vaccine, to its residents than New York and double the percentage of California.
Until all Floridians receive access to the vaccine, I ask that you continue to take safety precautions and remain in good health during this time.

Pre-Registered for the COVID-19 Vaccine? Sign Up & Find a Vaccination Location Near You
The Florida Department of Health (DOH) launched a statewide vaccine locator site and preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
Both websites help eligible Floridians to preregister for the vaccine and locate nearby vaccination sites.
Individuals can preregister for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting
Vaccine supply remains limited, and appointments may not be available for several weeks in some counties. Vaccine availability will vary from day to day and week to week as we work to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable first.
The state is prioritizing:
• Persons 65 years of age and older
• Health care personnel with direct patient contact
• Residents and staff of long-term care facilities
• Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

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