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Newest fairgrounds attraction: A COVID-19 vaccination center

And now some news you can use!

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County will open a new COVID-19 vaccination center Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

Located in a 22,000-SF tent in the northwest corner of the fairgrounds, it will be equipped to vaccinate up to 7,000 people a day. But the number of inoculations given each day will depend on the supply of vaccine made available by the state.

“Our teams are ready as soon as the vaccine starts flowing into the county,” District CEO Darcy Davis said today at a press conference with county officials.

Darcy Davis (L) with Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert Weinorth

For now, those eligible are people over 65 and front-line healthcare workers.

It is not a drive-through site. You will drive there and then walk in to an air-conditioned building with 24 inoculation tables.

No walk-ins will be allowed. Appointments can only be made online at the Health Care District and the Florida Department of Health. But those agencies are currently working through a backlog of appointment requests. If you make an appointment now, it could be four to six weeks before you are scheduled.

In the meantime, residents are encouraged to go to the Publix portal to try to get a quicker appointment at one of the 67 Publix Pharmacies in Palm Beach County.

More information can be found at Palm Beach County's COVID-19 website.

Full disclosure: I scored two tours of the new site with my new boss, Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth. I joined his staff as an aide last month! You may see county-related information on my blog from time to time.

Palm Beach County Vice Mayor Robert Weinroth



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