Broward County mayor expects more vaccine in two weeks, but says it’s still not enough

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Broward County’s mayor said Friday that more vaccines are arriving in the area in the next two weeks, but there’s still a shortage.

“While the 16 percent increase that the Biden Administration has promised is certainly welcome, it is certainly not enough,” Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said.

Geller hosted a call with all of the county’s mayors who are fighting to get a share for their cities right now.

“The mayors were saying they want to do more of this — ‘we need more vaccines, we simply don’t have enough to give to the cities now,’ “ according to Geller.

“We’ve asked them to prepare so that when we do get more doses we can immediately start working with our municipal partners.”

The upcoming expected delivery of more vaccine has the county ironing out details as to where they will be distributed when they do arrive, according to Geller.

Some seniors getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Friday at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale said they feel liberated — maybe life will one day soon return to the way it was before the pandemic.

Belmont Village resident Arjun Bhattacharya said the first thing he wants to do is take his wife out on a proper date.

“I would be able to take her out maybe to the beach, take her out with me, have a more resemblance to previous life,” Bhattacharya said.

Belmont Village was one of the facilities that got started right away in its vaccination rollout. It teamed up with the state and with Walgreens Pharmacy to get the vaccine to its senior residents.

“As a company, we signed up as soon as the CDC opened up the portal. Walgreens was assigned to us and then we were able to vaccinate very early in the process,” Rene Buck, Director of Belmont Village Senior Living in Fort Lauderdale, said.


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