Broward plans more COVID-19 vaccination spots, mayor talks timetable for shots

General public can expect to get vaccines this summer, Geller says

LAUDERHILL, Fla. – Another day, another line, another round of vaccines for seniors in Broward County.

The newest drive-thru location opened Friday at Central Regional Park in Lauderhill (3700 NW 11th Place).

“Those of us who feel we’re most at risk, we’re all trying to get on,” said Sue Joseph, who had one of the coveted appointments that are needed to get the shot.

Local 10 News spoke with a number of people in line who each had a different strategy for securing the appointments online — but overall it requires patience.

“You have to hope you get the Broward site in between its crashes,” Joseph said.

“Continue to refresh over and over again,” another man said.

[MORE INFO: Click here for information on how to sign up for vaccine appointments in Broward County]

Five drive-thru vaccination sites are up and running in Broward including the latest one in Lauderhill.

The others are at Tradewinds Park (3600 West Sample Road, Coconut Creek), Vista View Park (Southwest 142nd Avenue, Davie), Markham Park (160001 West State Road 84, Sunrise) and Holiday Park (1150 G. Harold Martin Dr., Fort Lauderdale).

Two more are expected to open in the next week in Sunrise and Oakland Park, with at least two more the week after. The county is helping the state’s health department to get this moving.

The real problem, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller says, is that vaccine supply is limited and seniors are flocking, wanting it now.

“If everybody thinks they can get vaccinated the next week, that’s where the problems arise,” he said. “It’s a problem of expectations.”

Geller is asking Broward residents to be patient and keep trying to book their times online.

He each drive-thru vaccine site gives out about 500 shots daily, and that it’s going to take time as the state secures additional doses.

“Six to eight weeks is an estimate to have all of the seniors vaccinated — if, and only if, we have enough vaccines coming in,” Geller said.

He added that July to August is a more realistic timeline for when everybody else could be able to get vaccinated.

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