Pharmacist Aji Kannamal administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at the Winn-Dixie. Public annouced more COVID-19 vaccine appointments will open at its stores this week.
Publix had to cancel appointment slots last week because of vaccine shipment delays caused by bad weather.
Pinellas was the only county in the Tampa Bay region to have a positivity rate under 5 percent.
Republicans oppose the president’s push to give financial relief to state, local and tribal governments.
The state’s positivity rate was about 7 percent. Nearly a million people have received both vaccine doses.


  1. A shopper is seen leaving the Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs Wednesday, July 8, 2020. All 730 Publix in-store pharmacies will soon be offering the COVID-19 vaccine.
  2. Trabajadores médicos trasladan a la nueva paciente con coronavirus para que sea tratada en el hospital Dr. Ernesto Che Guevara en Marica, Brasil, el jueves 21 de mayo de 2020.
  3. BayCare Health System, which operates a number of hospitals on the Suncoast, is expanding its behavioral health services over the next few years.
  4. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference in Hialeah on Tuesday. At another stop in Fort Pierce on Thursday, he said he plans to take the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine once his age group is eligible.
  5. Florida's positivity rate was about 6.7 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  6. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is seen at the Winn Dixie pharmacy during the first day of vaccination rollout on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021 in Apollo Beach. Four new Hillsborough County stores will now offer vaccine appointments after the chain got a new allotment of Moderna vials.
  7. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions during a news conference in January. On Thursday, he spoke to reporters in Jacksonville, saying expanded access to coronavirus vaccines is coming.
  8. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, speaks with reporters Wednesday at the White House.
  9. Johnson & Johnson’s long-awaited vaccine is about 66 percent effective at preventing moderate to severe COVID-19, a review by the Food and Drug Administration found.
  10. Seating for potential jurors at the start of an October murder trial in a Hillsborough County courtroom. The trial was the first in Hillsborough since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Potential jurors were socially distanced and wore protective face coverings. The Florida Supreme Court has issued guidelines to hold virtual jury trials.
  11. Carnival Cruise Line announced Wednesday it is suspended cruises until June. Here's the Carnival Paradise, operated by Carnival Cruise Line, unloading passengers after docking in Port Tampa Bay. [JAMES BORCHUCK  |   Times (2019)]
  12. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Wednesday in Hernando County, where he again defended prioritizing seniors for vaccines and did not share specifics on who will get shots next.
  13. Florida's positivity rate Wednesday was about 6.7 percent.
  14. A server carries food for a customer in November at Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, Calif. Not willing to wait for more federal help, California recently moved forward with help for the poor, the jobless, small businesses and those needing child care.
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  16. People line up for vaccines Saturday at a clinic in Central Falls, R.I. Nearly a third of adults in the city have received at least one dose of vaccine, according to state data, and the city has seen a marked drop in COVID-19 cases as a result.
  17. Vials of the AstraZeneca vaccine and loaded syringes wait to be administered to homeless persons at the Welcome Centre in Ilford, east London. The World Health Organization granted an emergency authorization to the coronavirus vaccine made by AstraZeneca, enabling its partners to ship millions of doses to countries worldwide as part of a U.N.-backed program to stop the pandemic.
  18. In this Feb. 19, 2021, file photo, people wait in line at a 24-hour, walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic hosted by the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium at Temple University's Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. States are scrambling to catch up on coronavirus vaccinations after bad weather last week led to clinic closures and shipment backlogs.
  19. Pharmacist Aji Kannamal administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at the Winn-Dixie. Public annouced more COVID-19 vaccine appointments will open at its stores this week.
  20. Florida added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday.
  21. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is silhouetted as he speaks to the media while residents line up at a coronavirus vaccination site in the Lakewood Ranch area earlier this month.
  22. A teacher works with students at Apollo Beach Elementary in Hillsborough County while everyone wears masks. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that teachers and law enforcement officers who are 50 and older will get access to vaccines next, but he did not go into detail.
  23. A person receives their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a clinic at Howard University, in Washington.