HEALTH FIRST: Brevard County Mirrors Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination Trend
By Health First // April 20, 2021
Health First continues its efforts toward fully vaccinating the Space Coast community
25% of Americans have been fully vaccinated, and 24% of Brevard residents are part of that statistic. Health First is proud to have administered 35,000 of these immunizations – and continues to dole out doses.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced this week more than 84 million people – roughly 25 percent of the population – have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. More than 129 million Americans have received at least one vaccine dose, or roughly 39.5% of the total U.S. population.
According to county and state Department of Health data, as of April 18, a total of 340,761 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in Brevard, with 38.2% of the population (a total of 220,324) being vaccinated with at least one dose.
Approximately 23.6% of Brevard residents (136,053 people) have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. For the entire state of Florida, 13.4 million residents have received their first dose of the vaccine, and 5.22 million – 24.3% of the state’s population – are fully vaccinated.
Since beginning its vaccination program in December, Health First has now provided more than 35,000 of those vaccinations to associates and members of our community.
We continue to schedule vaccinations, which has been expanded to include residents as young as 16 years old. Health First received its first shipment of the vaccine on December 21.
Within hours, frontline workers were receiving their first of two immunizations, under the directive of the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) and the CDC.
“Health First continues its efforts toward fully vaccinating our community, which brings us closer to herd immunity – and the eventual end of this pandemic,” said Dr. Jeffrey Stalnaker, Health First’s Chief Clinical Officer.
“The CDC’s recent announcement is positive and optimistic news for our country and community. We will continue our efforts to educate residents about the importance of this vaccination and provide opportunities for them to have easy access to these immunizations as we receive supplies.”
Dr. Stalnaker suggests that, with vaccinations widely available across Brevard County and the state, Floridians should opt to be immunized against COVID-19.
This goes for anyone – even if you’ve already had and recovered from the virus – or just feel like you’re healthy enough to recover from COVID-19, should you be exposed in the future.
“Just because you’ve recovered from COVID-19 doesn’t mean you’re ‘safe.’ Get the vaccine when it becomes available to you. It could potentially save you or someone you love.”