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COVID-19 Update #21
January 25, 2021

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COVID-19 Update #21
January 25, 2021

Update from Brevard County Government
Brevard County hosted an informational session regarding COVID-19 and the vaccination efforts in our County. This video contains important information and the answers to many common questions around vaccine distribution in our area.
Important Vaccine Updates from Brevard County

More than 27,151 people have received a COVID-19 vaccination in Brevard County. As part of the state-run vaccination program, the Florida Department of Health-Brevard has administered more than 12,600 vaccinations, while others have received the vaccine through various other private and public institutions.

Brevard County Emergency Management has partnered with FDOH-Brevard for its vaccination operations, and Brevard County Government is helping supplement its vaccine operations with County employees. The primary goal is to get as many shots in arms as possible on a daily basis and, for now, the focus has been to schedule appointments and administer shots at the centrally located FDOH-Brevard Office in Viera.

Brevard County is also poised and ready to expand vaccination operations to other sites in the county, to do community outreach and to cater to those currently eligible for the vaccinations. Under executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis, those eligible must be 65 or older, must be a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, and must be a Florida resident. FDOH-Brevard is averaging 800 to 1,000 COVID-19 vaccinations a day.

States are beholden to the federal government for vaccine supplies, and currently there is not enough vaccine being allocated to meet local demand.

Vaccines received by FDOH-Brevard so far.

12/28: 3,500

1/4: 1,400

1/11: 2,600

1/12: 1,000

1/19: 4,500

When FDOH-Brevard opened a phone line to accept  appointments for its first round of vaccines, its phone system was inundated with more than 260,000 calls in a two-day period. To assist residents frustrated by a busy phone line and unable to book appointments, the County implemented use of an Internet program called Eventbrite, which is commonly used to book online concert tickets and other activities or programs. This past Tuesday, appointments for 2,800 doses of the vaccine were booked within 22 minutes.

There are positive steps being taken to expand COVID-19 vaccination operations once supply begins to meet the demand:

  • The Florida Division Emergency Management is working to implement a statewide appointment system for COVID vaccinations that should be ready within weeks.
  • Earlier this week, Gov. DeSantis announced 22 Publix grocery stores in Brevard County will take appointments and provide COVID-19 shots to those eligible. 
  • On Tuesday, (Jan. 26)  the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners will consider a proposal to partner with the county’s three major hospital systems to administer the vaccine at five sites countywide. 
  • Other vaccines are expected to gain federal approval in the coming months.  

As appointments become available, Brevard County Emergency Management will continue to notify residents through press releases, social media and Emergency Text Alerts. To receive text alerts, simply create a text on your phone to the phone number, 888777, and in the text box type Brevardeoc, and then hit Send. You will receive a notification that alerts have been activated.

Need help signing up for text alerts from Brevard EOC? Watch their latest video to walk through the process.

Florida Coronavirus Vaccine Program Information:

Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Executive Order 20-315 which outlines that providers can only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Persons 65 years of age and older.
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers.

Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines in Florida.


Local Coronavirus Vaccine Program Information:

Vaccines (shots) are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Different types of COVID-19 vaccines will be available. Most of these vaccines are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced apart. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection. If you are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them. The vaccines may work in slightly different ways, but all types of the vaccines will help protect you. The vaccines are safe. The U.S. vaccine safety system makes sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. All the COVID-19 vaccines that are being used have gone through the same safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines produced through the years. A system in place across the entire country that allows CDC to watch for safety issues and make sure the vaccines stay safe. To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus, if you are exposed (also called immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines c
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/vaccines U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 12/23/20 Facts about COVID-19 vaccines Vaccines (shots) are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Different types of COVID-19 vaccines will be available. Most of these vaccines are given in two shots, one at a time and spaced apart. The first shot gets your body ready. The second shot is given at least three weeks later to make sure you have full protection. If you are told you need two shots, make sure that you get both of them. The vaccines may work in slightly different ways, but all types of the vaccines will help protect you. The vaccines are safe. The U.S. vaccine safety system makes sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible. All the COVID-19 vaccines that are being used have gone through the same safety tests and meet the same standards as any other vaccines produced through the years. A system in place across the entire country that allows CDC to watch for safety issues and make sure the vaccines stay safe. To stop this pandemic, we need to use all of our prevention tools. Vaccines are one of the most effective tools to protect your health and prevent disease. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus, if you are exposed (also called immunity). Other steps, like wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you don’t live with, also help stop the spread of COVID-19. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are very effective at keeping you from getting COVID-19. Experts also think that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19. These vaccines cannot give you the disease itself. CDC | NCIRD | Facts about COVID-19 vaccines When you get the vaccine, you and your healthcare worker will both need to wear masks. CDC recommends that during the pandemic, people wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth when in contact with others outside their household, when in healthcare facilities, and when receiving any vaccine, including a COVID-19 vaccine. SOAP Even after you get your vaccine, you will need to keep wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, washing your hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from other people you do not live with. This gives you and others the best protection from catching the virus. Right now, experts don’t know how long the vaccine will protect you, so it’s a good idea to continue following the guidelines from CDC and your health department. We also know not everyone will be able to get vaccinated right away, so it’s still important to protect yourself and others. The vaccines may cause side effects in some people, like sore muscles, feeling tired, or mild fever. These reactions mean the vaccine is working to help teach your body how to fight COVID-19 if you are exposed. For most people, these side effects will last no longer than a day or two. Having these types of side effects does NOT mean that you have COVID-19. If you have questions about your health after your shot, call your doctor, nurse, or clinic. As with any medicine, it is rare but possible to have a serious reaction, such as not being able to breathe. It is very unlikely that this will happen, but if it does, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

COVID-19

We are encouraging our citizens to remain calm and practice social distancing, wear a face mask when in public + wash your hands frequently.
A COVID-19 page has been set up on the City’s website to ensure there are multiple ways to access the up-to-date information and resources.

Reliable Information

As stories about COVID-19 vaccines begin to proliferate through our phones, news feeds and screens - please ensure you rely on dependable, official sources such as Department of Health (FDOH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Brevard Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for factual information regarding this situation. 

Need to Report-a-Concern?

Residents who wish to report anonymous concerns may do so:
As a member of the Cape Canaveral Community, you are our eyes and ears. You can easily report a concern by submitting the info via the City website portal Cape Connect. The message will be automatically routed to the appropriate department. We need as much information as possible to address your concern quickly and efficiently. Don’t hold back when it comes to details! Let us know the time, date, exact location and anything else you think is important.
Visit the Report a Concern page for more information.
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