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Florida administered 92,953 first and second doses of vaccine in the past week. In this photo, a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared last year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Deaths are rising but infections are falling as the omicron wave crests. Vaccinations, however, are also plummeting.
The new site opens Monday in the parking lot of the water park, which is closed for the winter.
Initial vaccine doses are less effective against omicron, but studies show boosters rev up virus-fighting antibodies.
Six weeks after omicron was detected, the state has recorded 1.6 million COVID-19 infections.

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  1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis fields a question while attending a news conference at Pasco County’s Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter in Hudson on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, where he announced that monoclonal antibody treatments would begin for patients as an early treatment to prevent hospitalizations and to save lives.
  2. Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office had filed the state’s lawsuit Nov. 17 in federal court in Pensacola, seeking to block the vaccination rule, which the Biden administration issued earlier in November.
  3. Sarah Palin is shown in this 2017 photo. Her trial against the New York Times was delayed after she tested positive for the coronavirus.
  4. A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen during a vaccination clinic at the Norristown Public Health Center in Norristown, Pa., on Dec. 7, 2021.
  5. Red mortarboards fly into the evening sky at Heritage High School's commencement ceremony in 2020, in Maryville Tenn.  High school graduation rates dipped in at least 20 states after the first full school year disrupted by the pandemic.
  6. Nurse manager Edgar Ramirez checks on IV fluids while talking to a COVID-19 patient at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Los Angeles, Dec. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
  7. Police set off a water cannon against protesters during a demonstration against COVID-19 measures in Brussels, Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
  8. COVID-19 is an issue at Newsome High in east Hillsborough, which reported 79 cases of COVID-19 this past week and 438 for the 2021-22 school year. This photo, posted on Twitter, is from 2020.
  9. Florida administered 92,953 first and second doses of vaccine in the past week. In this photo, a dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared last year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
  10. People wait in a line for that wraps around the West Tampa Community Resource Center to get tested for COVID-19 on Dec. 28. Tampa Bay officials are opening more free, public testing sites to meet the demand for testing as the omicron variant drives a surge of cases.
  11. The state reported 289,204 COVID-19 cases from Jan. 14-20 in the weekly report released Friday.
  12. The Johnson family, Calmaris, 38, left, Damon, 36, right, Jeremiah, 13, back left, and Brianna, 10, back right, of Riverview, are tested for COVID-19 at Hillsborough County’s free, public drive-thru testing site on Hillsborough Community College’s Brandon campus on Jan. 10. Calmaris said her 10-year-old daughter was exposed to COVID-19 in her physical education class, and they both felt COVID-19 related symptoms. A new drive-thru test site will open Monday at Adventure Island.
  13. Edward Williams, 62, a resident at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, receives a COVID-19 booster shot on Sept. 27 in New York. COVID-19 infections are soaring again at U.S. nursing homes because of the omicron wave, and deaths are climbing too. That's leading to new restrictions on family visits and a renewed push to get more residents and staff members vaccinated and boosted.
  14. People attend the March for Life rally on the National Mall in Washington, Friday. The March for Life, for decades an annual protest against abortion, arrives this year as the Supreme Court has indicated it will allow states to impose tighter restrictions on abortion with a ruling in the coming months.
  15. A dose of a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is prepared at Lurie Children's hospital, Nov. 5, 2021, in Chicago. A U.S. judge in Texas issued a nationwide injunction on Friday barring the federal government from enforcing President Joe Biden's requirement that federal workers without qualifying medical or religious exemptions be vaccinated for COVID-19.
  16. Kira Gentner, 26, from St. Petersburg, is tested for COVID-19 at the drive-thru testing site in the parking lot at Tropicana Field on Thursday.
  17. First Lady Casey DeSantis speaks during a roundtable discussion regarding mental health at the downtown Tampa Firefighter Museum on Friday, Dec. 11, 2020.
  18. Residents wait in line to be vaccinated at the Historic Bethel AME Church in St. Petersburg on Jan. 30, 2021. A group of Black pastors is urging Gov. Ron DeSantis to deliver adequate COVID-19 resources to communities disproportionately impacted by the virus.
  19. Care Plus Pharmacy in Palm Harbor is already seeing high sales of these allergy medications as pollen levels spike earlier than usual.
  20. Florida Sen. Danny Burgess, right, sponsored the bill to protect health care providers from COVID-related lawsuits.
  21. Joey Cousin, a transgender student from Broward County and an opponent of SB 404, known as the "parental consent" bill, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol in 2020 in Tallahassee. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2020.
  22. A 62-year-old nursing home resident receives a COVID-19 booster shot in New York on Sept. 27, 2021. A study released on Wednesday that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination in New York and California concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.
  23. A U.S. government website is displayed on a computer Wednesday in Walpole, Mass., that features a page where people can order free, at-home COVID-19 tests. The website, COVIDTests.gov, allows people to order four at-home tests per residence and have them delivered by mail.
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