Vaccinations

Mabel Boyd holds onto her walker as her daughter, Deborah Boyd, right, waits with her to get a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccination at the Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand on Friday, March 5.

The Florida Department of Health has discontinued its daily reporting on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Florida is the first state in the nation to discontinue the daily reports, according to the New York Times, leaving residents in the dark about deaths and hospitalizations.

The new weekly report issued by the department simply shows that out of a county population of 552,328 Volusia has 242,206 or 50% of residents who have gotten at least one dose of vaccine; total cases are at 44,247, which is 16.8% of people tested.

In the week from May 28 to June 3, there were 3,072 residents getting at least the first shot of a vaccine; there were 268 new cases and 5.2% of residents getting tested were positive for the virus.

An email from the health department states, “As previously stated in last week’s Joint Information Center press release, Florida is transitioning into the next phase of the Covid-19 response. As vaccinations increase and new case positivity rate decreases, the Florida Department of Health has moved to a weekly reporting schedule for key Covid-19 data.

“More than 10.3 million Floridians have been vaccinated – accounting for more than half of Florida’s eligible population. Eighty-five percent of Florida’s seniors are vaccinated.”

However, the vaccination information is misleading since the department counting people who have gotten just a first dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine as fully vaccionated.

The email continued, “Florida’s case positivity has been below 5% for more than three weeks. Cases in seniors ages 65 and older are the lowest since early in the pandemic.”

However, Volusia county's positivity rate isn't below 5% and was 5.2% in the department's weekly report.

“Infections and disease control is a core function of the Florida Department of Health,” the email states. “The department will continue to adapt and respond to Covid-19 to protect public health statewide.

“Nearly 90% of the population is eligible for the vaccine, and widely available statewide,” it states.

As the state's website only lists Publix and Walgreens stores for vaccinations, for a more complete list, visit volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/messaging-center-messages-pin.stml?portalProcess_dd_0_1_1=showPublicEvent&calendar_entry_id=27940 or call the Volusia County Health Department at  (386) 274-0500.

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