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How will the COVID-19 vaccine be given to the public? Here’s an early look.

Sun Sentinel logoSun Sentinel 11/19/2020 Lisa J. Huriash, South Florida Sun Sentinel
a clock on the side of a road: You can expect to line up at a public park to get your COVID-19 vaccination. It's part of a mass-vaccination effort being planned now. © Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun Sentinel/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS You can expect to line up at a public park to get your COVID-19 vaccination. It's part of a mass-vaccination effort being planned now.

With hopes of a COVID-19 vaccine on the horizon, plans are taking shape for how South Floridians will get their vaccine shots.

While Broward County waits for the vaccine, it has been gearing up how to distribute it to the public, likely involving heading to places such as parks for vaccinations. Early details of the plan came to light at a recent meeting with the county’s mayors. According to records of the meeting obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Dr. Paula Thaqi, the director of the Florida Department of Health in Broward, made the following points:

Tents: Thaqi called mass vaccinations a “logistical Herculean effort” that will include a myriad of equipment and supplies including “more tents than we ever thought as a health department that we would possibly own.” She said, “We are as ready as it is possible to be.”","type":"text

Freezers: There’s the necessity of having freezers capable of storing the vaccine at the necessary temperature, and Broward County already has planned for that. “We have prepared our warehouse to handle the super-cold vaccine. We purchased those freezers early on, not knowing whether we need them or not, but in anticipation and in an abundance of caution,” Thaqi said.","type":"text

Tracking: The state will use Florida’s State Health Online Tracking System, an immunization registry also known as SHOTS, to document who is getting the vaccine and to provide reminder messages for people who need to get a second dose.","type":"text

Any problems: There will be a 24-hour phone number to report any problems, or “adverse events,” from the vaccine, which then will be reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.","type":"text

The state submitted a draft vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. And there will be a phased approach to vaccination by creating priority groups who are the first to be vaccinated.

The state submitted a draft vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. And there will be a phased approach to vaccination by creating priority groups who are the first to be vaccinated.

Those vaccinated first would include health care workers, first responders, residents and staff at long-term-care facilities, members of the population who have high-risk medical conditions and people ages 65 and older.

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