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Manatee County restricts vaccine distribution to Florida residents

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Full-time and part-time Florida residents must provide proof of residence on the day of their appointments.
by: Brendan Lavell Staff Writer

Manatee County will only book appointments for full-time and part-time Florida residents to receive a COVID-19 vaccine going forward, officials said. 

When Manatee County 311 operators call people in the registration stand-by pool, which has registered an estimated 143,000 people as of Thursday, they will ensure each prospective vaccine recipient is a Florida resident before following through on booking an appointment, according to a county statement.

Additionally, the county said proof of Florida residence will be required on the day of each appointment. Acceptable forms of ID include a valid Florida driver's license; a utility, cable or power bill in the resident's name with a Florida address; and a part-time rental agreement.

The decision was made in accordance with new guidelines from the Florida Department of Health, a county statement said. Public safety officials said few people have arrived from out of state to receive the vaccine, meaning demand will not decrease significantly.

Brendan Lavell is a general assignment reporter for the Observer. He earned degrees in journalism and history at the University of Missouri. He has visited 48 of the 50 United States, has a black cat named Arya and roots for the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, 76ers and Chelsea FC.

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