Coronavirus in Southwest Florida: The latest info, helpful resources

IOWA CITY, IA - AUGUST 11: Marisa Grunder, 27 of Wilton, Iowa, is given a shot during trials of an H1N1 vaccine, developed by CSL of Australia, at University of Iowa Health Care, the University's medical center, on August 11, 2009 in Iowa City, Iowa. The university's medical center is one of 8 trial sites across the nation conducting human studies on the new vaccine which is looking at optimal dosage levels for a variety of age groups. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

Florida will now require proof of residency for people getting COVID-19 vaccines after State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees signed a Public Health Advisory on Thursday.

The new policy applies to state-run vaccination sites and aims to end what many called “vaccine tourism.” Residents will be required to show their Florida ID or a utility bill in order to get the shot.

“The COVID-19 vaccine remains scarce within the United States and vaccine availability in Florida is extremely limited,” the advisory stated.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Florida is currently 1,613,884, according to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.

To view the full public health advisory, click here.

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Katherine Viloria is Beasley Media Group's Fort Myers Digital Content Manager. She loves to write, snap photos, and watch Grey's Anatomy. Connect with her on Instagram @alittlethisalittlekat

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