COVID-19 Vaccinations will be available at 22 Publix pharmacies starting Thursday. The vaccines will be available for individuals age 65 years and older. Health care personnel with direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term-care facilities.
Registration is now ongoing at www.publix.com/covidvaccine
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN BREVARD COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS RECENT EFFORTS IN PROVIDING COVID-19 VACCINE
Viera, Fla — The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, and local hospitals, is providing COVID-19 vaccination sites. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health in Brevard County will continue to issue this update every week.
County health departments have an important role to play in administering vaccine. Here’s a summary of some of our top efforts this week.
- For the week ending January 8, 2021, DOH-Brevard administered 3,092 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. This included their appointment-only drive-through vaccination efforts at the Viera clinic and doses provided through signed agreements to Brevard County Fire Rescue and Cape Canaveral Fire Rescue to vaccinate front-line, high-risk personnel. Coastal Health Systems of Brevard, Indialantic Fire Rescue, and Satellite Beach Fire Rescue also have signed agreements and are working with DOH-Brevard for vaccine administration this week.
- Worked with Brevard County Emergency Management to streamline reservation process and provide messaging to the public through the county’s social media platforms.
- No additional appointments are available at this time, however, once DOH-Brevard receives additional vaccine, more appointments will be made available. To receive text alerts from Brevard County Emergency Management when additional appointments are available, text BrevardEOC to 888777.
The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County continues to fight to protect health and safety as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine continues.
Palm Bay Police responded to calls for service at the Palm Bay Road overpass and found an individual suffering from injuries consistent with having jumped from the overpass. The individual was taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment. The investigation is ongoing at this time. Officers are treating the case as a suspected suicide attempt.
PALM BAY, FLORIDA – Due to ongoing repairs in the Palm Bay City Council Chambers resulting from a flood on January 4, 2021, the Regular Council Meeting 2021-01 on Thursday, January 7 was moved to the Tony Rosa Community Center. The change in venue prevented the City of Palm Bay from providing a live stream of the Council Meeting.
- Staff will perform temperature checks on each patron entering the facility.
- Face masks will be worn by all staff members when physical distancing cannot be observed.
- Patrons must wear masks upon entering the facility and while on the pool deck.
- Reservations will be required to reserve a swimming lane and can be made online at PlayOnline.PalmBayFlorida.org or by calling the center at (321) 952-2833.
- Reservations will be for 1-hour increments and will start at the top of each hour. Patrons are asked to show up no more than 15 minutes before reservation time.
- Only one person is allowed per lane, unless from the same household. Two persons maximum.
- Swimmers will enter the water from opposite ends of the pool to limit contact with the swimmers in adjacent lanes.
- Swimmers are asked to bring their own kickboards or other gear, as the Aquatic Center does not have equipment available for public use at this time.
Developing story: A passenger jet carrying over 60 individuals crashed after taking off from Indonesia capital, Jakarata.
Four minutes after taking off amid heavy rain, the 26 year old plane lost more than 10,000 feet of altitude in less than 60 seconds according to Flightradar24.
VIERA, Florida – Brevard Public Schools (BPS) is committing to providing the option for COVID-19 related employee sick and family leave through June 30, 2021, even though the new pandemic relief bill passed by Congress last month no longer requires employers to offer this assistance.
The latest bill does not extend the sick or family leave mandates that were included in the previous pandemic relief package, which expired on December 31st. BPS will continue to voluntarily provide two weeks of paid leave to workers who become sick with COVID-19, or up to 12 weeks of family leave to employees unable to work due to child-care needs.
“It is essential that our 9,000 employees continue to have the flexibility and peace of mind to stay home without having to utilize their sick time or lose pay,” said School Board Chair, Misty Belford. “We have already seen the benefit that having paid COVID leave has had in helping keep our students and staff safe while minimizing the spread of the virus.”
“As we remain committed to supporting our employees as best we can through these extraordinary times, I believe we must do what’s right and continue to offer COVID-related paid leave, even as we face our own economic uncertainty as a district.” said BPS Superintendent Dr. Mark Mullins. “It is our responsibility to do whatever we can to help ease their burden, as they continue to put our kids’ physical and academic well-being first.”
Board Vice-Chair Matt Susin added, “Consistently, teachers and our education system as whole seem like an afterthought. Here in Brevard, we are stepping up to maintain this assistance for our employees even without a federal mandate. I commend Superintendent Mullins for taking this important action.”
BPS employees will continue to follow the district’s current guidelines for applying for COVID-19 leave. If that has already been used, they will use their personal/sick time unless the COVID-19 virus was determined to be work-related, in which case a Worker’s Compensation claim may be filed.
Flooding caused by a burst pipe under the Palm Bay City Council Chambers causes meeting changes for City Council and the Planning and Zoning Board.