Some Central Florida counties voice concern over state’s residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccine

VIDEO: Some Central counties voice concern, confusion over state’s residency requirement for COVID-19 vaccine

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — Some Central Florida county health departments are hesitant about the state’s new residency requirement for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Seminole and Volusia counties started enforcing the new residency requirement on Wednesday.

Some health departments said they have yet to receive any written guidance from the state to move forward with the requirement.

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Sumter County officials told Channel 9, “We will continue accepting residents, non-residents and temporary residents for vaccination.”

Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy said that Florida lacks a comprehensive and coherent plan to administer the vaccines.

“The state system doesn’t interface well with the pharmacies or the community health centers or the hospitals, which are the points of vaccination that are out in the community,” she said. “And so the decentralization has translated into a lot of confusion for Floridians.”

President Joe Biden has promised a more coordinated rollout of the vaccines moving forward. He’s also promised transparency.

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