Published On: Fri, Feb 19th, 2021

Publix Announces Vaccine Portal Will Not Be Open on Friday Due to Supply Disruption

Commissioner Robert Weinroth with Dr Fennoy and Commissioner Sachs in background

Palm Beach County Mayor David M Kerner, joined by County Commissioners, PBCSD Superintendent Dr Donald Fennoy, State Attorney Dave Aronberg and others provided an update on the continuing multi-agency pandemic response efforts

The Press Conference can be viewed in its entirety at PRESS CONFERENCE.

COVID-19 MEDIA BRIEFING SUMMARY

County Mayor Kerner gave an update at the Emergency Operations Center on local COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Joining him were Vice Mayor Robert S Weinroth, Commissioners Maria G Marino, Gregg K Weiss, Melissa J McKinlay, and Maria L Sachs, PBC Schools Supt. Dr. Donald Fennoy II, Darcy Davis, CEO of the Health Care District of Palm Beach County, State Attorney Dave Aronberg, and Emergency Management Director Mary Blakeney.

Dr Donald Fennoy II

Thursday marked Day 339 of Level 2 activation at the EOC.

The COVID-19 daily positivity rate in Palm Beach County stands at 6.22 percent as compared to the statewide positivity of 6.4 percent. 

As vaccine supply increases over the next several months, vaccination opportunities will be expanded to include fixed regionally located vaccination centers in the south, central, north and western portions of the county, PODS (Points of Distribution), clinics, and mobile pop-up community sites.

Since March, over 109,000 individuals have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Palm Beach County and more than twice that number have now been vaccinated.

Masks – The facial coverings mandate in Palm Beach County will likely continue through March. While compliance has been generally good at area businesses and establishments, with spring break on the horizon and new variants of COVID-19 surfacing, it is important to continue to observe safety precautions and to remain socially responsible.

Vaccinations – Through Wednesday (Feb. 17), nearly 233,000 Palm Beach County residents have received vaccinations; 81 percent (188,890) of them are age 65 or older. About 54 percent of seniors (age 65+) in the county have received one or both shots. Palm Beach County is No. 2 in the state in overall vaccine distribution and is the top county for the number of first doses of vaccine administered.

North County – Commissioner Marino announced a third large-scale vaccination site is scheduled to open next Wednesday, Feb 24 at the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens, contingent upon vaccine availability.

The site will be operated by the Health Care District of PBC and will focus on individuals who are on the Florida Department of Health waiting list.

ThThe Burns Road Community Center is located at 4404 Burns Rd, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410, just east of Military Trail, south of PGA Blvd.

The site will operate as an appointment only site and those eligible to use this vaccination site will be contacted ahead of time with their scheduled day and time. Please come within the allotted time and on your assigned day. 

Those eligible to be vaccinated will be contacted. Emails have been sent by the Healthcare District to everyone who sent a vaccination request to the FDOH in ate December and January. If you have not received an email, please check your SPAM folder and/or reach out to the Healthcare District by phone. Vaccines will be given by appointment only.

South Florida Fairgrounds – The 22,000-square-foot, air-conditioned tent at the Fairgrounds has been operating for about a week with very few problems. The fairgrounds operation is capable of inoculating up to 7,000 residents per day. It has 24 vaccination stations and self-service kiosks.

Commissioner Mattia L Sachs

South County Civic Center – The Healthcare District continues to schedule appointments at the South County Civiv Center. Please do not come to any of these vaccination sites without an appointment.

The winter storm in has disrupted the supply of Moderna vaccine. As a result the Healthcare District is not scheduling first inoculation appointments for Moderna at the present time. Appointments are being made for individuals awaiting their second Monderna shot as well as people who will receive their first or second Pfizer vaccination.

Commissioner Gregg K Weiss

Deliveries – The Health Care District working with PBC Fire Rescue, has administered approximately 50,000 vaccines countywide. Seniors 65 and older who have prescheduled appointments for their first and second doses are confirmed through next Tuesday with available vaccine is on hand. More vaccine deliveries are anticipated early next week.

Scammers – State Attorney Aronberg warned residents not to fall victim to vaccine scammers. The vaccine is free (an administrative fee of approximately $15.00 can be charged). You cannot “buy” your way onto a waiting list or be moved up on the list. If you are contacted by phone or email with such an offer, do not provide payment or give any personal information. Instead, report the incident to law enforcement.

Commissioner Melissa J McKinlay

Palm Beach County has extended the COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY UNTIL February 26, 2021.

Vice Mayor Weinroth and Commissioner McKinlay praised the efforts of the State Emergency Management Division and, most particularly, its director, Jared Moskowitz (who recently announced he will be leaving his position to return home to Parkland to be with his family) for being there each time the county has requested assistance. Weinroth noted the county’s efforts to vaccinate shut-ins (including several hundred Holocaust survivors was accomplished with resources made available by Moskowitz while McKinlay noted the efforts to provide access to the vaccine to the western communities would not have been possible without state resources.

Homebound Resident Testing

Residents eligible include homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access one of the drive-up or walk-up test collection sites. Residents who believe they are eligible for the in-home testing option should call 561.712.6400 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The testing line is open from 8AM to 5PM Monday through Friday.

VACCINE INFORMATION
Florida Health – Palm Beach County Vaccine Information Page

Palm Beach County Health Care District Vaccine Information Page

Publix Pharmacy Vaccine Information Page

Senior Hotline:​​​ 866-201-6754

About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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