With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, March 5, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.

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of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Coming up in the newscast, CVS pharmacies in Florida to offer vaccine for teachers, Jamaica Women of Florida to host annual conference this weekend, and Jamaica announces new arrival date for vaccines.

Now for the news in the detail

The CVS Pharmacy chain is vaccinating Florida teachers under age 50, following the expansion of the vaccine eligibility. The chain also began vaccinating daycare and preschool teachers on Wednesday, even though Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has not yet opened the vaccination program to them. CVS is giving inoculations in several cities across the state, including Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, Palm Beach and Plantation. Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robert Runcie has thanked state leaders and President Joe Biden for prioritizing teachers and school employees for vaccinations.

Also in local news, the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) will host their 8th Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference and Scholarship Fundraiser on March 6. The organization will first host a networking event on Friday, March 5, at Island Space Caribbean Museum in the Westfield Broward Mall. And on Saturday, starting at 9:30 AM, the virtual Conference and Scholarship Fundraiser will take place. This year’s keynote speakers are Juliet Roulhac, Regional director of external affairs for the Florida Power & Light Company, and Lisa Hanna, a four-term Jamaica parliament member.

Now for Caribbean News,

In Jamaica, The Ministry of Health and Wellness has been advised that Jamaica is now to receive its first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, March 8th. Last week, health minister Dr. Chris Tufton had said the shots would arrive on the island yesterday. The vaccination of Jamaicans is expected to begin 48 hours after the arrival of the vaccines from India. Government officials, healthcare professionals and immigration workers are among those first in line for the shot. The government said it wants to vaccinate 65 percent of the population by March 2022.

And in St. Lucia, Jamaican hotelier, Gordon “Butch” Stewart will posthumously receive the country’s third-highest honour, the St Lucia Cross. The award celebrates the late Sandals Resorts founder for his contributions to the island’s economy. The award will be presented this Sunday, March 7 at a virtual ceremony in Castries. Prime Minister of St. Lucia, Allen Chastanet said Stewart is one of the main reasons why St. Lucia’s tourism is still surviving despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Stewart died on January 4th this year.

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