The number of Floridians receiving coronavirus shots climbed more slowly over the past week than at any time since late December, according to an analysis of state data.
The state added just 85,026 additional residents to Florida’s COVID-19 inoculation count over the past seven days, according to a Department of Health report released Friday. This is the smallest increase since December 28, the second week of statewide coronavirus vaccination reports.
A total of 13,621,499 Florida residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, covering 71% of the eligible population aged 12 and older, state health officials reported.
This count includes 436,543 fully vaccinated people who received additional vaccines. Those eligible for Pfizer booster injections include those 65 years of age and older, nursing home staff and patients; as well as adults 18 years of age and older with underlying health conditions or who face a high risk of exposure due to their work.
Moderna, Johnson & Johnson boosters not yet approved
The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson boosters have not yet been approved by the federal government.
Health officials reported Friday that 11,370,030 Florida residents were fully vaccinated. This covers 59.5% of the eligible population.
The summer wave of COVID-19 deaths in Florida, which has mostly occurred among the unvaccinated, continues to slow. The state’s death toll climbed by 1,719 over the past week, the slowest pace since August 27, before the wave of newly reported deaths peaked.
The state’s death toll stands at 55,299.
Florida health officials have documented more lives lost – 17,429 – than any other state since June 4, when they stopped publishing daily coronavirus statistics because “our state is returning to normal. , with vaccines widely available throughout Florida, âGov. Ron DeSantis spokesperson Christina Pushaw said at the time.
Infections are decreasing as fast as they are increasing. Florida recorded an additional 37,299 cases last week, the lowest since the week ended July 9, before more than 100,000 infections were detected each week.
A total of 3,576,571 Floridians have been infected with the deadly airborne virus since the start of the pandemic, or 16.6% of residents – one in six.
Another sign that the Florida summer wave is slowing, 6.5% of new coronavirus tests have come back negative, the state reported on Friday. That’s less than the peak of 19.8% during the week ended August 20.
Still, medical experts have said that a sustained two-week period of less than 5% positivity is needed before the contagion can be considered under control. Florida hasn’t seen this since the week ended June 25.
Florida death toll rises to 55,299
The coronavirus’ highly contagious delta mutation has killed at least 348 people statewide as of September 24, according to a state report released last week.
Although delta is the dominant strain nationwide, few victims of COVID-19 are tested to confirm the presence of the variant.
Among those recently confirmed to have succumbed to the delta variant was a 28-year-old man from Palm Beach County who contracted the virus on August 28.
It was confirmed on September 23 that he had been infected with the delta strain. He was the fourth youngest victim of the variant in Florida. The youngest was a 23-year-old Pasco County man.
The delta mutation has killed at least 24 people in Palm Beach County, giving Florida’s third most populous county the fifth highest death toll in the delta. At number 1 is Hillsborough County with 58 casualties.
Variant reports are not public. The state’s health department regularly releases the data to the press in response to requests from attorneys representing a media consortium.
The delta mutation became the dominant strain of the coronavirus across America in July.