More than half of Broward County’s population eligible for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine have received at least the first dose.
Since beginning vaccinations on January 3, 2021, the county has gone from supporting two public vaccination sites to now supporting 10.
As a result of the increase in the number of vaccination sites throughout the county, Broward County has administered at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 829,000 people, as of May 3rd. Some 575,000 of that number have been fully vaccinated. This means that Broward has achieved an adult vaccination rate for at least one shot of approximately 53%.
Broward County has achieved higher vaccine coverage in all age groups in comparison to the state as a whole, especially in more vulnerable populations. Over 81% of residents aged 65 years and older have been vaccinated.
County officials have, however, expressed their concerns over the slowing of vaccinations in the last few weeks. “Everyone that wanted urgently to get the vaccine has already gotten it,” said Mayor Steve Geller.
To increase the rate of vaccinations in in the county, officials have announced new initiatives, which include:
- Door-to-door outreach and partnerships with Broward County Public Schools, Florida Department of Health, faith-based institutions and municipalities
- Access to vaccines at public high schools and participating charter schools, targeting Broward students age 16+ and their families
- Extended hours at existing vaccination sites to accommodate various work schedules for residents
- Pop-up sites based upon vaccination trends, with locations determined based on consultations with faith-based and community leaders