Florida News That Impact You – December 11th

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Here's a recap of some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.

Following the FDA panel’s vote to recommend the emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 candidate, Governor Ron DeSantis began finalizing plans for the initial shipment to our state. He said Florida will receive an initial shipment of 179,400 doses which will be available “within the next week”. He stated strike teams will be deployed to immunize those in nursing homes and eldercare facilities. At-risk healthcare workers will also have initial access.

Now, let's talk distribution, 97,500 doses will go to healthcare workers, 60,450 will go to CVS and Walgreens locations for long-term care facilities. And, 21,450 will be used directly by the strike teams for long-term care facilities.

Florida’s not immune from the concerns of a double-dip recession. Following a national trend, Florida’s weekly unemployment claims rose over the past week. After two consecutive months of the lowest unemployment filings during the pandemic, Florida has recently had two weeks of rising claims.

In other news, Tom Brady is the latest northeast transplant who isn’t going back. Talking about his experience of living in Florida, he says, "It’s amazing just to be at this point in the season and then to still be outside practicing today, turned into a beautiful day, and I know we have a warm one coming up on Sunday. I love being outside every day. I think being a native Floridian. I was a native Californian for a long time in my life. I went away from it for about 25 years, and you won’t catch me dead living in the Northeast anymore. I’m loving the warm weather. And it’s been a great feeling."

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