WHEREAS, section 252.38(3)(a), Florida Statutes, gives a political subdivision the authority to declare and enact a State of Local Emergency for a period of up to seven days, thereby waiving the procedures and formalities otherwise required of the political subdivision by law; and
WHEREAS, on March 1, 2020, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order Number 20-51, directing the State Health Officer and Surgeon General to declare a Public Health Emergency due to the discovery of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Florida; and
WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order Number 20-52, declaring a State of Emergency for the State of Florida related to COVID-19; and
WHEREAS, on March 12, 2020, the County Mayor declared a State of Local Emergency for all of Miami-Dade County; and
WHEREAS, COVID-19 poses a health risk to Miami-Dade County residents, particularly elderly residents and those who are immunosuppressed or otherwise have high-risk medical conditions; and
WHEREAS, effective vaccines against COVID-19 are now available; and
WHEREAS, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has authority to regulate the distribution of vaccines; and
WHEREAS, as a condition of the CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program, entities seeking to administer vaccines must adhere to state guidelines, the requirements of the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Program, an agreement with the CDC, and other applicable federal and state requirements; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to the CDC’s requirements, vaccine providers must administer COVID-19 vaccines in accordance with prioritization groups determined by the governor and the state health department; and
WHEREAS, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order Number 20-315, which provides that long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older, healthcare personnel with direct patient contact and persons deemed by hospital providers to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 are eligible to receive the vaccine; and
WHEREAS, residents need information as to Points of Dispensing (POD); and
WHEREAS, the County needs timely and accurate information as to the progress of COVID vaccination efforts in order to ensure that County medical and logistic resources are properly and equitably allocated and to ensure its efforts to combat the virus are effective,
THEREFORE, as County Mayor of Miami-Dade County, I hereby order:
- Each hospital system shall report to [email protected] by 10:00 a.m. each day, the following information to the County: (1) total vaccine doses on hand for the preceding day, and for such vaccine doses received, the source of the vaccine doses and the manufacturer of the vaccine; (2) the sites at which vaccines were administered during the preceding day, and the nature of such site (i.e., walk up, closed POD, open POD, etc.); (3) total vaccine doses administered at each site during the preceding day; (4) the number of vaccination appointments made during the preceding day by the hospital; (5) the number of vaccination appointments still available; (6) the number of vaccine doses destroyed or disposed during the preceding day. Data shall be submitted using the template attached as Exhibit 1.
- Each hospital system shall report to [email protected] by 10:00 a.m. each Monday morning on a weekly basis: 1) the age, gender and racial breakdown of the individuals vaccinated, if such information is tracked by the vaccinating hospital system and 2) the zip code of the residence for each individual vaccinated during the preceding week. If a person does not provide a Miami-Dade County zip code, the reporting shall indicate “no County zip code provided.” Data shall be submitted using the template attached as Exhibit 1.
- Each hospital system shall report to [email protected] each time it prepares appointments for vaccinations, and least three hours before scheduling appointments, the following information: 1) the number of appointments the hospital system will be accepting or providing; 2) the type of vaccine to be offered; 3) eligibility criteria for the appointments; 4) the date vaccines will be administered; 5) the location where the vaccines will be administered; and 5) how appointments will be accepted. The hospital system shall notify the County as soon as reasonably possible of any changes in any information previously provided to the County. Information shall be submitted using the template attached as Exhibit 2.
- Each municipality within Miami-Dade County that receives vaccines from the federal or state government shall provide the County the reporting required in section 1-3, in the same manner as required of hospital system. Additionally, all municipalities shall provide to the County, prior to opening a municipal site: (1) the location of such municipal vaccination site; (2) contact information for such site, to include a phone number or web-link for appointments, if appointments are accepted; (3) the operator of the site, if one is contracted; and (4) the nature of the site (walk up, closed POD, open POD, etc.).
- Any other entity dispensing vaccines shall provide the County the reporting required in section 1-3 in the same manner as required of hospital systems, but only for such entity’s vaccine distribution sites in Miami-Dade County.
- Each hospital system shall be responsible for providing information pursuant to section 1-3 with respect to its physical campus or any vaccination site administered by that hospital system. Each municipality shall be responsible for providing information pursuant to section 1-3 with respect to a vaccination site on property owned by such municipality or at any permanent or temporary site operated on behalf of such municipality. No hospital system, municipality, or other entity shall transmit any individually identifiable patient health information which may not be disclosed pursuant to federal or state law. If a hospital system, municipality, or other entity believes that all or some of this information is a trade secret, as defined in Florida Statutes, the hospital, municipality, or other entity shall expressly indicate this when it transmits this information.
- Hospital systems and other entities dispensing vaccines should not provide vaccination appointments unless the hospital system or entity has received vaccine doses and has a reasonably accurate forecast of the number of persons who can be vaccinated with such supply.
- This order shall be effective as of 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 23, 2021.
- This order shall expire upon the expiration of the existing Miami-Dade County State of Local Emergency, provided however that if the State of Local Emergency is extended, this order shall also be deemed to extend for the duration of such extension. This order may be cancelled earlier by action of the County Mayor.
- This order shall be provided to all appropriate media consistent with the requirements of section 8B-7(2)(n) of the Code of Miami-Dade County.