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Palm Beach County COVID-19 community transmission decreases as more people get vaccination

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

The Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners is holding a press conference Tuesday.

 

Dr. Alino Alonso gave a COVID-19 update, stating that the county is following Florida's decreasing trends.

"We're hoping we can keep this up," Alonso said.

She noted with holidays coming, there may be small increases, but nothing substantial.

Community transmission decreased in the county to moderate as 53% of the population is now vaccinated. As the demand for vaccination decreases, the supply will still continue and the county plans to use mobile sites to reach people in the community. The age group with the largest vaccination rate is the 65 and older group at 82%, while the 20-29-year-old group has the lowest vaccination rate at 22%. Palm Beach County has a positivity rate of 3.2%, with the highest-positivity group at ages 12-19 who have a positivity rate of 5.4%.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/watch-palm-beach-county-covid-19-update/36659659

Palm Beach County School District in-person graduations start at South Florida Fairgrounds

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. —

More than 14,000 students are graduating from 32 schools in Palm Beach County. Four of those ceremonies took place last week On Monday, the first of more than two dozen schools in the county began holding in-person ceremonies at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center in West Palm Beach.

 

Santaluces Community High School was the first to hold a ceremony, with nearly 600 students taking the stage. As a precaution, there were a lot of changes and coronavirus safety protocols in place, including mask requirements. As graduates walked across the stage, there was no handshaking, and guests were separated into a different section of the building from graduates. Guests were able to watch parts of the ceremony through large screens, and parents were only able to see graduates twice. Once as they passed through during a procession, and then as they walked across the stage.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/palm-beach-county-graduation-ceremony-fairgrounds/36646094

Drinking water safe to consume in Palm Beach County, health officials say

The Department of Health in Palm Beach County determined Friday that it is now safe for residents to use tap water for drinking.

 

Last week, the City of West Palm Beach notified the Department of Health that toxins were detected in the city's water treatment plant. Cylindospermospin, which is a toxin produced by cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, was the toxin detected. In a press conference Thursday, West Palm Beach Mayor Keith James said he was originally told that the water tests had to show specific levels for two consecutive days in order for the advisory to be lifted. He noted that after getting ready to lift the advisory after two "clean" samples were returned, he found out the DEP also had to agree to clear the advisory.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/water-advisory-lifted-palm-beach-county/36631827

Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday: May 28 - June 8

Ten days to save on your disaster preparedness supplies! The Florida Department of Revenue Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins May 28 through June 8, 2021. Consumers and business owners can purchase qualifying disaster preparedness supplies tax-free. 

 

$20 or less
Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)

 

$40 or less
- Any portable, self-powered light source:
• Candles
• Flashlights
• Lanterns

 

$50 or less
- Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LP gas and kerosene containers
- Batteries, including rechargeable batteries, listed sizes only:
• AA-cell
• AAA-cell
• C-cell
• D-cell
• 6-volt
• 9-volt
- Radios (powered by battery, solar, or hand-crank)
• Two-way
• Weather band

 

$60 or less
- Coolers and ice chests (food storage, non-electrical)
- Portable power bank

$100 or less
- Bungee cords
- Ground anchor systems
- Ratchet straps
- Tarpaulins (tarps)
- Tie down kits
- Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting

$1,000 or less
- Portable generators used to provide light or communications or to preserve food in a power outage

Always Exempt
- Bottled water (unflavored, uncarbonated)
- Canned food, including meats, vegetables, fruits, peanut butter, and other non-perishable items
- First aid kits
- Prescription and nonprescription medications (all RX and most over-the-counter are exempt)
- Baby food and formulas
- Feminine hygiene products

 

Learn more and see a full list from the Florida Department of Revenue.

City of West Palm Beach Weekly COVID-19 Update

Post Date: 05/26/2021 3:45 PM

 

VACCINES:

  • NEW - Health Care District Mobile and Walk-up Vaccine Schedules: The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is rolling out its mobile vaccination efforts to make it more convenient for individuals 12 years and older to walk up and be vaccinated. The weekend schedule includes outreach at local entertainment events and in communities with low vaccination rates. For adults and children as young as 12 years old, the Health Care District will continue providing walk-up Pfizer vaccinations from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 4th (closed Monday, May 31st for Memorial Day) in the parking lot of the Lantana clinic located at 1250 Southwinds Drive.Adults can also receive the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine there. A parent or guardian must be present for vaccinations of those 17 years of age and younger. Health Care District's Mobile Clinic Schedule - updated at www.hcdpbc.org.
  • City of West Palm Beach Vaccine Site (ProtectWPB): Click here for information www.ProtectWPB.com!
  • For a listing of vaccination sites in Palm Beach County, click here!
  • Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: According to the CDC, “COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.”Visit the CDC website for more information by clicking here!
  • Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: Eligible vaccination populations have been expanded in Florida, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders 21-46, 21-47, 21-62, 21-67 and 21-79, effective April 5, 2021, all Floridians shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. PERSONS AGES 16-17:The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. To download a copy of the consent form, click here. For more information and to read the Governor’s executive order, click here!
  • West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Offering COVID-19 Vaccines: To get your vaccine at a VA health facility near you:
    • Go to the facility's vaccine clinic during walk-in hours. Be sure to check the walk-in hours before you go. When you arrive, you may need to wait for the staff to prepare your vaccine.
    • Or call the facility to schedule an appointment. VA staff will help you find a time that’s convenient for you.

Here’s what to know before you arrive:

  • If you don't receive care at VA, you are encouraged to pre-register online at least 1 hour before you go to a walk-in clinic. This will save you time when you arrive.

Sign up to get a COVID-19 vaccine at VA

  • Everyone who enters a VA facility must wear a mask and complete our COVID-19 symptom screening.

Find VA facilities near you that offer COVID-19 vaccines

RESOURCES:

  • Mortgage Assistance for Palm Beach County Homeowners: The Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability announces the availability of the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus (CDBG-CV) Mortgage Assistance funds.  This program will provide emergency financial assistance to <80% (or less) AMI homeowners who suffered adverse financial impact from COVID-19 and are delinquent in their first mortgage and escrow payments (PITI).  Additionally, providing the homeowner is delinquent, funding may assist with second mortgages, late fees, condominium and homeowners’ association payments, special assessments, and other mortgage associated costs related to COVID-19. Up to 6 months of assistance (not to exceed $10,000) will be provided to income eligible households who are at least one-month delinquent (after February 29, 2020) in their home mortgage, escrow payments (PITI) and/or condominium and homeowners’ association payments.  Assistance cannot be used to cover payments already made; and will be provided as a grant or a forgivable loan. All requests for assistance will be reviewed based on approved criteria.  To qualify, all homeowners must demonstrate that the costs are directly tied to COVID-19.  Additional criteria include but is not limited to:  income eligibility, residence must be owner occupied, not under contract or listed for sale within the past 60 days, property must be in Palm Beach County, and the assessed value cannot exceed $331,888. All applications must be submitted online and will be processed on a first come, first eligible basis. The online application will open on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m., and close Monday, June 7, 2021 at 11:59pm.  Applications can be accessed at the County’s Department of Housing and Economic Sustainability’s website: http://pbcgov.com/hes.
  • PBC Community Services Emergency Rental Assistance Lunch-n-Learn: Every Tuesday starting May 4 from noon to 1 p.m., the Palm Beach County Community Services Department (CSD) is hosting an Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Lunch-n-Learn for Palm Beach County residents.  During the sessions, staff will cover what the ERA application process entails, how to complete an application, and what the eligibility and documentation requirements are.  Staff will also answer frequently asked questions. Residents may join via WebEx at http://bit.ly/ERALunch-n-learnwith meeting ID 157 444 3885 and passcode 1234 using any electronic device. The meeting works best when accessed using Google Chrome. The option to join via phone is available by calling 1 (904) 900-2303 or 1 (844) 621-3956 with the access code 157 444 3885. The ERA application portal will open May 3 at 8 a.m. Applicants will be required to provide more documentation than for previous COVID-19 funding applications. Therefore, CSD encourages residents to register for the“Lunch-n-Learn” (SpanishCreole) webinar, read the ERA FAQ, and/or view the ERA videoto confirm eligibility and ensure that all required documentation is submitted successfully. For additional information, please visit www.rentalassistancepbc.gov. For questions, contact mailto:CSDCares@pbcgov.orgor call (561) 355-4792.
  • NEW - Emergency Rental, Relocation and Utility Assistance: The Palm Beach County Community Services Department's online portal for Emergency Rental Assistance, Relocation Assistance and Utility Assistance is currently closed. The portal will reopen on June 7, 2021 at 8:00 a.m. For more information, click here.
  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance: According to FEMA’s website, they began accepting applications for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance on April 12, 2021. For more information, click here. To apply call 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Call this dedicated toll-free phone number to get a COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application completed with help from FEMA's representatives. Multilingual services will be available. Get answers to frequently asked questions about the application process on the Funeral Assistance FAQ page.
  • Crisis Counseling Health Services: The Florida Department of Children and Families has launched www.turnto211.com, a new website that provides access to crisis counseling health services. This site contains useful links, helplines, and tips for coping with traumatic events. COVID-19 has affected everyone. 211 is here to help when you do not know where to turn or you just need a friendly, listening ear. Through a network of compassionate and highly trained experts, 211 connects you with local or state resources and services to match your unique needs. 
  • Restaurant Revitalization Fund to begin taking applications 4/30/2021: Registration for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) will begin Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m. EDT and SBA will begin accepting applications via the application portalon Monday, May 3 at 12 p.m. EDT. The application portal will remain open to any eligible establishment until all funds are exhausted.Eligible entities who have experienced pandemic-related revenue loss include: Restaurants, Food stands, food trucks, food carts, Caterers, Bars, saloons, lounges, taverns, Snack and non-alcoholic beverage bars, Bakeries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts), Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts), Breweries and/or microbreweries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts), Wineries and distilleries (onsite sales to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts), Inns (onsite sales of food and beverage to the public comprise at least 33% of gross receipts), Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products. For more information, visit the website.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program at Palm Beach County Library (Per Palm Beach County): The Palm Beach County Library System is partnering with the Palm Beach County (PBC) Food Bank to offer assistance with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Benefit specialists from the PBC Food Bank will assist with the SNAP application process and conduct the food stamp interview. Specialists can also help with other benefit applications available through the ACCESS Florida system including Medicaid and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. Applicants must call to schedule an appointment at the following locations:
    • Mondays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Greenacres Branch - 3750 Jog Road, Greenacres 33467
Contact: Benefits Specialist Mario Mendez, 561-345-5085 (English/Spanish/Q’anjob’al)

  • Mondays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Jupiter Branch - 705 Military Trail, Jupiter 33458
    Contact: Benefits Specialist Gustavo Amador, 561-329-5931 (English/Spanish)
  • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hagen Ranch Road Branch - 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach 33446
Contact: Benefits Specialist James Vil, 561-894-7500 (English/Creole)

  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Glades Road Branch - 20701 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton 33434
    Contact: Benefits Specialist Riquet Lucien, 561-482-4554 (English/Creole)
  • 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Okeechobee Boulevard Branch - 5689 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach 33417
    Contact: Benefits Specialist Riquet Lucien, 561-233-1880 (English/Creole)
  • 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Royal Palm Beach Branch - 500 Civic Center Way, Royal Palm Beach 33411
    Contact: Benefits Specialist Riquet Lucien, 561-790-6030 (English/Creole)
  • Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Main Library - 3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach 33406
    Contact: Benefits Specialist Mario Mendez, 561-345-5085 (English/Spanish/Q’anjob’al)
  • ELC Childcare Scholarships program available -- To learn more, click here!
  • PBC, Legal Aid Society establish FREE legal assistance program with for COVID-19 landlord/tenant disputes: Click here to learn more!

 

  • Interactive Map of Palm Beach County Food Sites: Click here!
  • SNAP Application Assistance: The City’s Housing and Community Development Department will help residents with food stamps applications. Call (561) 822-1274 (TTY: 800-955-8771) to schedule an appointment.

 

CITY OF WEST PALM BEACH OPERATIONS, REOPENINGS:

  • Public Meetings: The City of West Palm Beach has resumed in-person Commission and CRA meetings. In keeping with Centers for Disease Control & Prevention guidelines as well as PBC’s directive on face coverings, face coverings will be required for entry into City Hall and Commission Chambers. Social distancing protocols are to be followed. Temperature checks are conducted upon entry to City Hall.While the public may be present to provide comment during in-person City Commission and CRA meetings, the public will still have the option of providing their comments electronically. To submit a typewritten public comment electronically, please visit the City’s public comment portal on the City’s website. Please visit: https://www.wpb.org/i-want-to/public-comment. City Commission meetings, CRA meetings and other select City public meetings are broadcast on WPB-TV, which may be viewed on Comcast’s Channel 18, on the City's website, or on social media channels (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter).
  • Mandel Public Library: The Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is open to business with limited in-person services and reduced hours. Patrons will be able to browse the library’s collection. Library materials that are checked out and used will be subject to quarantine before being returned to library shelves. Computer use will be limited to three hours per day based on availability.For more information, click here!
  • Trolley Service: City of West Palm Beach trolley service has been suspended until further notice.

TESTING & HEALTH:

  • FDOH Palm Beach County C. L. Brumback Health Center

38754 State Road 80, Belle Glade, FL 33430 (near the county jail)
Drive-through site
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. (unless closed for a holiday)
Any age; with or without symptoms

  • 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 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS & LINKS

 

EXECUTIVE ORDERS:

  • To view City, County and State executive orders pertaining to the public health emergency, click here!

Mosquito Spraying Scheduled (Palm Beach Gardens)

The City of Palm Beach Gardens Public Services Division will be conducting a city-wide mosquito spraying the week of May 24th. Spraying will occur throughout the City, weather permitting. The spraying will take place May 24-28, 2021 between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

 

The City-wide mosquito spraying treatment will utilize the chemical called Duet®, a dual-action adulticide, to combat night and daytime flying mosquitoes. The proven active ingredients being used are prallethrin and sumithrin.

 

For questions concerning mosquito spraying, please contact Daniel Widdick at 561-804-7044 or Theresa Gonzalez at 561-804-7034.

 

Read More:

https://www.pbgfl.com/civicalerts.aspx?AID=1076

Stay Informed, Stay Safe, Receive Emergency Alerts from the City of West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (May 12, 2021) – In the event of an emergency, disaster or hurricane, being informed is key to staying safe.

 

AlertPBC & PBC DART

The City of West Palm Beach Division of Emergency Management, in conjunction with the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management, recommends you:

  • Sign up for “AlertPBC,” the Palm Beach County Emergency Notification System, which sends text, email or voice alerts to your phone. Click here to sign up for AlertPBC!
  • Download the Palm Beach County Disaster Awareness and Recovery Tool (PBC DART), which provides residents with information and tools used to prepare for a disaster and with the ability to report damage to their home or business in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Download the PBC DART app today from the App Store or GooglePlay. It’s FREE.

The City will no longer use the CodeRed app to inform residents of emergency alerts.

 The City of West Palm Beach Division of Emergency Management works with local, state, and federal agencies to prepare for disasters and coordinates response with the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management, which manages the AlertPBC and PBC Dart systems.

 

Newsletters, Social Media, and More

There are several other methods of communication that may be utilized by the city to provide information about a disaster or emergency.

Mask mandate lifted in Palm Beach County following governor's order

*Masks will still be required in county and federal buildings

 

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. —

Palm Beach County administrator Verdenia Baker said Tuesday the county will follow the governor's executive order lifting all COVID-19 restrictions. The county will still require masks in all county buildings, and federal buildings such as the post office will require masks as well.

 

Read More:

https://www.wpbf.com/article/mask-mandate-lifted-in-palm-beach-county-following-governors-order/36334510

Vegetation Amnesty Days........ (May 3 - 14)

VEGETATION AMNESTY DAYS MAY 3 - 14, 2021

In preparation for the 2021 hurricane season which begins on June 1, the City of West Palm Beach is offering FREE vegetation pickup during Vegetation Amnesty Days, which will occur May 3-14, 2021. The annual amnesty period allows residential customers to place large or unlimited amounts of vegetation waste for pickup at no charge (service charge is waived during this time). The result is a comprehensive, citywide cleanup effort of yard debris in preparation for hurricane season. The pickups will occur during a resident’s regularly scheduled yard waste pickup days. 

Vegetation includes grass clippings, leaves, tree and shrubbery cuttings or trimmings, broken or cut tree limbs and logs and other vegetation incidental to the care of lawns and gardens.

To take advantage of Vegetation Amnesty Days, please follow the City’s regular yard/bulk guidelines:

  • Place waste at curbside no earlier than 6:00 p.m. on the night before your regular yard waste pickup day.
  • Contain waste to only one pile.
  • Place grass cuttings, small trimmings and leaves in plastic bags.
  • Cut tree limbs and branches into lengths no longer than four ft.
  • Cut tree trunks and stumps into sections no longer than four ft. and no larger than 12 in. in diameter.
  • Do not mix yard waste with any other type of debris.

Vegetation Amnesty Days does not apply to commercial properties or landscape contractors. 

 

PUBLIC WORKS RESPONSE TO COVID-19

Public Works operations will continue as usual offering reliable sanitation, street and lighting maintenance services.  Sanitation routes may run slightly slower until further notice; however, Public Works is committed to servicing our customers, while maintaining the safety of our employees.

For more information, please call the City of West Palm Beach Department of Public Works Sanitation Division at  (561) 822-2075  (TTY: 800-955-8771)  or email publicworks@wpb.org

 

Sanitation Office

Office Phone: 561-822-2075  /  24-Hour Phone: 561-822-2222
Monday through Friday  /  8:00am to 4:00pm
Email: publicworks@wpb.org

Waste pickup is a service provided to our residents and businesses; the following is a list of waste removal services available.

  • Residential / Household Garbage
  • Yard Waste / Bulk items
  • Street Sweeping
  • Commercial Dumpsters / Compactors
  • Recycling (Bins are provided through Solid Waste Authority and picked up by Waste Pro)
    • SWA (561) 640-4000
    • Waste Pro (561) 688-8912

Pickups are scheduled Monday thru Saturday. Please see our sanitation "pick-up schedule" lookup for service information.

If your regular pickup day falls on a holiday please see our "holiday trash schedule" for additional information. If your regular pickup is missed, please call customer service at (561) 822-2075.

Hazardous waste will not be picked up by the City as it requires special handling services. If not disposed of properly, hazardous waste can cause serious injury or death. Please view our A-Z Guide on Waste Disposal & Recycling for additional information on proper disposal practices.

*Note: Regarding bus bench maintenance issues and litter at Palm Tran bus stops please contact Creative Outdoors (COA) at 1-800-661-6088.

Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Palm Beach County

  • NEW - Johnson & Johnson Vaccine: According to Palm Beach County: "As recommended by the CDC and FDA, distribution of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is being paused to allow for review of a small number of cases of blood clots experienced by vaccine recipients.  The Health Care District of Palm Beach County and local Health Department use of this vaccine is on hold pending further notice from the CDC and FDA.  Strike team pop-up vaccination sites under the direction of the Florida Department of Health are also temporarily suspended in response to this notice.  Distribution of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is unaffected by this action."
  • City of West Palm Beach Vaccine Site (ProtectWPB): The City of West Palm Beach is administering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for FREE to 1,000 people every week (Thursday – Saturday) through July 2021, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders. The state-approved mass vaccination site is located at the Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center in Gaines Park, 1501 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. The West Palm Beach Fire Department will administer the vaccine by appointment only and to individuals who have preregistered (no walkups) with the City of West Palm Beach. To make an appointment with the City of West Palm Beach, you must visit the ProtectWPB website at www.ProtectWPB.com or call (561) 200-3687 (TTY: 800-955-8771).
  • NEW - The Health Care District of Palm Beach Online Appointment Scheduling for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines: On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County will open 16,380 first-dose appointments of Pfizer vaccine for self-scheduling online at http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org [vaccine.hcdpbc.org].  Appointment dates will be available between Tuesday, April 20 through Thursday, May 6, 2021.  Individuals 16 years and older are eligible to self-schedule appointments for the Pfizer vaccine brand.  The website lists the available dates, locations, vaccine brand and eligibility requirements at each of the Health Care District's three mass vaccination sites at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach, the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens, and the South Florida Fairgrounds in suburban West Palm Beach. It is essential that individuals follow the state eligibility guidelines when scheduling to avoid being turned away at the sites. A parent or guardian must be present at the appointment of those who are 16 and 17 years old. As additional vaccine and appointments are available, the Health Care District will continue to notify the community that the online self-scheduler is open. For those with no internet access, the Health Care District's helpline at 561-804-4115 is available to assist in English, Spanish and Creole.
  • Interactive Vaccination Locator Map, click here!
  • Cumulative Map of 65+ Population that has been Vaccinated: To view Palm Beach County’s cumulative map on the percentage of 65 and over population vaccinated by zip code, click here! The map is cumulative from December 2020 - February 2021.
  • Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine: According to the CDC, “COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. You may have some side effects, which are normal signs that your body is building protection. These side effects may affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Some people have no side effects.”  Visit the CDC website for more information by clicking here!
  • Vaccines for Homebound Seniors: The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) recently announced a new way for homebound seniors to sign up to have a COVID-19 vaccine come directly to them. To put in your request, e-mail: HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com with your name and phone number. Someone from the FDEM will contact you within 72 hours to collect more information and schedule your appointment. At this time, FDEM is not accepting phone calls for homebound vaccination appointments.
  • Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility: Eligible vaccination populations have been expanded in Florida, pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Orders 21-46, 21-47, 21-62, 21-67 and 21-79, effective April 5, 2021, all Floridians shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. PERSONS AGES 16-17:  The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. To download a copy of the consent form, click here. For more information and to read the Governor’s executive order, click here!
  • For a listing of vaccination sites in Palm Beach County, click here!
  • West Palm Beach VA Medical Center Now Offering COVID-19 Vaccine to Veterans, Already Receiving Care from the VA, based on CDC and VA Risk Criteria: The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center (VA) is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to Veterans who already receive care or are eligible to receive care at the VA, based on CDC and VA risk criteria. According to the VA website, if you are eligible to get a vaccine, your VA health care team will contact you. The vaccine is being offered by appointment only and on a walk-in basis at Building 14 of the main campus at 7305 North Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The VA is actively vaccinating these patient groups:
    • Eligible High-Risk Veterans: Community Living Centers and other congregate living settings, Homeless Veterans, Hemodialysis patients, Solid Organ Transplant patients or patients who are listed for transplant, Spinal Cord Injury, and Chemotherapy patients (receiving chemotherapy in a clinic/hospital setting)
    • Eligible Veterans aged 65 and older
    • Eligible Veterans employed as essential frontline workers (aged 18 and older); firefighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the education sector (teachers and support staff members) as well as daycare workers who have not yet received the first dose. You must bring identification or documentation that you are employed as an essential worker defined by the CDC.
    • Eligible Veterans younger than 65 with underlying medical conditions: Underlying medical conditions, as determined by the CDC, can be found here.
    • Eligible Veterans younger than 65: all Veterans who currently receive care at VA may receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

To receive the vaccine at the VA, you must be able to return to the same site for the second dose. For more information, please visit: https://www.westpalmbeach.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp

For appointment information, call (561) 422-5220.

 

 Get the latest Palm Beach County updates on COVID-19 vaccine distribution from the Florida Department of Health.

See a full listing of all Florida Vaccination locations from the Florida Department of Health.

West Palm Beach COVID-19 Vaccination Program

City of West Palm Beach to Open Mass Vaccination Site on 4/1/21, Launches ProtectWPB Initiative

Initiative Aims to Vaccinate 1,000 People Per Week in West Palm Beach

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (March 30, 2021) –  West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James today announces the City of West Palm Beach has established and will operate a state-approved mass vaccination site at the Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center at Gaines Park, located at 1501 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. This site will open on April 1, 2021. As a part of Mayor James’ ProtectWPB initiative, the city intends to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to 1,000 people every week (Thursday – Saturday) through July 2021, in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders.

 

The vaccine is being offered for FREE. The West Palm Beach Fire Department will administer the vaccine by appointment only and to individuals who have preregistered (no walkups) with the City of West Palm Beach. To make an appointment with the City of West Palm Beach, you must visit the ProtectWPB website at www.ProtectWPB.com or call (561) 200-3687 (TTY: 800-955-8771). ProtectWPB is Mayor James’ signature initiative to ensure every West Palm Beach resident who wants and needs a vaccine has access to a vaccine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at keeping people from getting COVID-19. Leading up to the establishment of the ProtectWPB mass vaccination site, the City has intentionally reached out to eligible adults in low-income households and communities hardest hit by the pandemic, as well as individuals who are elderly or homebound, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latinx, or Haitian. Community organizations, service providers, and the city’s outreach team have alerted individuals in the community about the availability of the vaccines and offered to schedule appointments. Data shows that minority communities are not receiving the COVID-19 vaccines at the same rates as the general population.

 

“The COVID-19 vaccine is a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James. “This vaccine can help saves lives. Working together, our community can and will overcome COVID-19. I encourage everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine at the City’s ProtectWPB vaccination site.”The City of West Palm Beach received the supply of vaccines thanks to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, the Florida Department of Health, and Palm Beach County. For more information about the ProtectWPB initiative, please visit www.ProtectWPB.com.

 

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