Friday, January 15, 2021

Our neighbors in Palm Beach County now have another method of securing an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine. The city of Palm Beach Gardens has established a website for seniors 65 and older to register to take the shot. The Health Department has made 200 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines available to Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue for distribution to the public. The shot will be given to residents at the Burns Road Community Center, located at 4404 Burns Road. Click here to schedule an appointment. If there are no appointments left, residents can sign up to receive future notifications by visiting www.pbgfl.com/notifyme.

Florida’s director of emergency management said Thursday that a statewide appointment system for COVID-19 vaccinations should be ready soon, hopefully quelling some of the disorder associated with the vaccines rollout. Director Jared Moskowitz talked about it in Tallahassee yesterday.Gov. Ron DeSantis has made seniors 65 and older the priority in receiving the vaccine. Health officials mostly left it to hospitals and county health departments to administer the vaccines, and some seniors camped out in long lines outside vaccination sites, only to be turned away when supplies ran out. Moskowitz hopes a registration system could help alleviate the strain many of the counties are now under as they deliver vaccinations. The state is reportedly receiving $194 million from the federal government to help distribute the vaccines. As of Wednesday, about 774,000 Floridians had at least one shot of two vaccines approved by the federal government. More than 1.5 million people have tested positive for the virus in the state since the pandemic began; nearly 24,000 have died.

Florida State redshirt junior quarterback James Blackman has entered the NCAA transfer portal, according to 247Sports. Blackman is a former 4-star recruit out of Belle Glade. The NCAA introduced the portal on to provide athletes a path to explore their options. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal. While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal. The first portal cycle saw 1,942 FBS players enter in the initial calendar year of its existence, per a source.

In other vaccination news, out-of-county vaccine-seekers are draining Okeechobee County’s already limited supply of doses for the coronavirus. Mitch Smeykal, director of the Okeechobee County Department of Emergency Management, said 35 percent of the county’s limited 500 doses were administered to people from outside of the county, and since the state has no residency requirement, Okeechobee County even vaccinated at least one person from as far as Canada. Some residents though, are having a hard time, despite being of age, with underlying health conditions, many said they spent days waiting to hear back about an appointment. Commissioner Tim Stanley says, things are good overall, but the County is still working some kinks out of the system.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that Florida received $85.8 million in CARES Act funding to address housing instability and homelessness across the state. The funds will be used to provide rental assistance, support emergency shelters, and conduct street outreach programs to connect unsheltered individuals with local housing and other essential services.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach county is searching for Michael Williams. His last known address is SW 11th Ave., South Bay. He is wanted for VIOLATION OF PROBATION for FLEEING OR ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE and GRAND THEFT. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Michael Williams, contact Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County.