Florida Delegation Calls on Operation Warp Speed Officials to Increase State’s Vaccine Allotment

Last week, members of the Florida congressional delegation sent a letter to Operation Warp Speed (OWS) officials requesting it increase Florida’s vaccine allotment to account for seasonal residents, which would improve access for Floridians.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Reps. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., Kat Cammack, R-Fla., Ted Deutch, D-Fla., Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., Byron Donalds, R-Fla., Neal Dunn, R-Fla., Scott Franklin, R-Fla., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Carlos Giminez, R-Fla.,  Brian Mast, R-Fla., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Bill Posey, R-Fla., John Rutherford, R-Fla., Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., Greg Steube, R-Fla., and Michael Waltz, R-Fla., all signed the letter.

The full text of the letter is below.

Dear General Perna and Secretary Azar:

We write with regard to Operation Warp Speed (OWS)’s efforts to fairly distribute COVID-19 vaccines to the American people.  To ensure Florida is equipped to complete its vaccination distribution plan as expediently as possible, we request that OWS take steps to increase the vaccine allocation amount to the State of Florida to account for seasonal residents.

Each winter, close to one million visitors make Florida their temporary home, and that visitation is a vital component of Florida’s economy.  While some individuals have chosen not to travel this year, estimates still show that thousands of non-Floridians plan to winter in the Sunshine State.

Through cutting-edge innovation and dedication, our nation’s scientists delivered a safe and effective vaccine in record time, and millions of Americans across the country have been vaccinated, including more than 707,478 individuals in Florida.  In pursuit of an end to the pandemic and in the interest of the health of all individuals currently residing in Florida, the State of Florida has committed to vaccinate both residents and non-residents.  Consequently, the vaccine is also currently available to all individuals over the age of 65 regardless of residency.  This has understandably put a strain on the limited allotment.  In order for an effective level of vaccinations to occur in a timely and equitable manner, federal allocation allotments to states must ensure they account for all populations residing in a state, not just those that are residents.

To that end, we request that OWS take steps to coordinate with the State of Florida to increase the vaccine allocation to account for the number of seasonal residents.  As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate our nation, it is critically important that all individuals in Florida receive the vaccine as quickly as possible.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

6 COMMENTS

  1. I really have stopped trying to get the vaccine my husband has leukemia and bone cancer he is 83 he can not stand on line waiting to receive this vaccine have they set up any provisions for those people

  2. I think Publix and Walgreens should pull up from their customer list and book all the seniors that go there for their other shots and medications before the general public get the appointments on line not all elderly have computers at home

  3. Thank you. We need this. Friends of mine who are under 65 in other states have already had their second shot while I, over 65, am waiting and checking daily for access. This is ridiculous.

  4. Florida must distribute every vaccine it has immediately and keep push the federal agency for more. Local borads of health cannot do this alone. we need more vaccine and a better equipped way to distribute it to the people.

  5. My husband is 75, and has diabetes and stage three kidney disease.I’m 74 and have MS and Fibromyalgia. And he has gotten up at 6AM many times,only to be told there is no appointments left. We have both been on the internet trying to find vaccines. We need vaccines and can not get them, just like many Floridians.We have lived here 21 years.Florida needs more vaccines, thank you for trying to get more for us.

  6. Call 1(866) 201-6313. I just did. I think it’s a state wide system. Just call and listen to the recording.

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