FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Health is making access to the COVID-19 vaccine available to even more patients with specific medical conditions.
Officials in the public hospital system announced on Friday that they would expand the vaccination criteria to include anyone 18 years of age or older belonging to what they described as “increased risk groups.”
Patients with the following medical conditions will be allowed to make an appointment:
- asthma (moderate to severe)
- cerebrovascular disease
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- cystic fibrosis
- Down syndrome
- heart diseases such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- hypertension or high blood pressure
- immunocompromised condition due to a blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids or use of weakening drugs or a solid organ transplant
- liver disease
- neurological conditions, such as dementia
- overweight or obese (ondex body mass greater than 25)
- pulmonary fibrosis
- sickle cell anemia
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
This significant expansion comes as a third COVID vaccine could be days before it arrives in Sunshine State. On Friday, a panel of Food and Drug Administration advisers voted unanimously to approve the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with emergency final approval expected shortly. The company said once the federal government gives it the go-ahead, millions of doses will be ready to ship as early as next week.
In another sign, vaccine rollout is shifting into high gear in South Florida, all Publix pharmacies in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, nearly 140 locations, will begin offering the vaccine by appointment only , from Monday.
Registrations for the Publix meetings began on Friday morning and ended in two hours.
A spokesperson for the supermarket chain said they would schedule appointments from 7 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays depending on vaccine availability.
Grocery stores are joining a growing list of pharmacies in South Florida that carry the vaccine.
All Navarro discount pharmacies and CVS y más stories in Miami-Dade currently offer injections for the elderly.
As part of an ongoing federal program, the Miami Dade College North Campus will become a mass vaccination site capable of delivering thousands of doses per day, starting Wednesday.
Dr Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said time was running out for more arm shots.
“Over the past few weeks, cases and hospital admissions in the United States have declined since early January, and deaths have declined over the past week, but the latest data suggests these declines may be on the way. to stagnate, ”she said. potentially stabilize at a still very high number. At CDC, we see this as a very concerning course change.
Broward Health’s COVID-19 vaccine appointment requests were made available on Friday afternoon, but have since been filled and are currently on hold. Friday night, it is not known when other date slots will open. Officials encourage people to check for updates regularly.
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Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.
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