Vaccine distribution to ramp up after the holidays, Florida Director of Emergency Management says

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News Services) – The state’s latest vaccine report shows more than 146,000 Floridians have received their first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Florida Director of Emergency Management Jared Moskowitz tells us the actual number is likely higher.

“It’s taking providers up to 72 hours to enter the information,” said Moskowitz.

Moskowitz said vaccinations have slowed down in recent days due to the holiday season, but he anticipates the distribution of the 900,000 doses the state has received so far to ramp up in the coming days.

“We’ve impressed upon the hospitals and our county health departments and all of our partners out there that we need to pick up the pace, but that’s why I said I think when we get on the other side of this holiday season you’re going to see that happen,” said Moskowitz.

How quickly the state gets to Phase II of its vaccine distribution plan depends on two factors: How many vaccines the state gets, and how many people over the age of 65 opt to get vaccinated.

“If 60 or 70 percent of 65 and older people want the vaccine, then it will take a little longer to get to the

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