Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Thursday that 42% of the state’s residents over the age of 65 have already received the COVID-19 vaccine and announced an increase in the number of doses arriving weekly.
According to DeSantis, 41,000 more doses are expected next week than the 325,000 received last week.
The Florida Department of Health on Thursday reported 5,117 new cases, the lowest number since November 16th, and 166 new deaths from COVID-19, including non-residents of the state who died himself.
Since March 1, 1,849,744 people have been infected in Florida and 29,990 have died from the new coronavirus, placing the state third in number of cases and fourth in deaths in the Johns Hopkins University tables, led in both cases by California.
The positivity rate is 6.40%, a slight decrease from the previous day (6.42%).
As of today, 4,367 people are hospitalized due to COVID-19 in Florida and the state’s intensive care units have 19.05% of their beds vacant, according to official data.
The number of people vaccinated in this state with a population of more than 21 million inhabitants is 2.43 million. Of these, 1.13 million have received the two doses required by the vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna laboratories.
For the time being, only people residing in geriatric centers and their caregivers, health personnel on the front line of the fight against COVID-19 and those aged over 65 can be vaccinated.