Monday, April 12, 2021
With more than 6 million Floridians vaccinated against COVID-19 and millions seeking an inoculation, on Monday, state Attorney General Ashley Moody encouraged vigilance against vaccine-related scams.
With this grant, the V Foundation‭ ‬has awarded 29‭ ‬grants‭ totaling more than $8 million ‬to the Moffitt team.
“Representative Chaney is a trailblazer and dedicated public servant,” said Sprowls. “From founding a business that saved women’s lives through the early detection of breast cancer to creating a charity that helps women trapped in prostitution and drug addiction, her impact on Pinellas County continues to have lasting effects. I am proud to appoint her today to Florida’s Cancer Control & Research Advisory Council where she can be a voice for cancer patients and survivors.”
There are tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors residing in Florida and the Members are requesting information about the progress of the state program to vaccinate this population, including estimates of how many survivors have yet to be vaccinated.
The funds come from the $1.9 trillion stimulus package that Congress approved and that President Joe Biden signed into law last month.
Moody was joined by a bipartisan coalition of 44 other attorneys general in raising concerns about the public health risks of fake COVID-19 vaccination cards in a letter to the companies’ chief executive officers.
At the end of August, U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., first introduced the “Protecting Tourism in the United States Act” with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., as the cosponsor.
Lawson said that six North Florida Community Health Centers will get $21,152,500 to help with vaccines, part of $6 billion included in the stimulus to expand vaccination efforts in underserved communities.
Moody initially warned of scams associated with vaccine card posts in February, but since then, millions of Floridians have received a vaccine. With the ramp up in vaccinations occurring throughout the state, comes an increased risk of fraud related to the inoculations. Vaccination cards issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) include the recipient’s full name, birthdate and vaccine location—information scammers can use to hack online accounts or commit identity fraud.
Last week, Florida TaxWatch released “The State of Medicaid in Florida,” which looks at how Florida’s Medicaid program has fared during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the impact of rising enrollment on communities and challenges the state may face in the coming years.