Florida Governor backtracks on Canadians getting COVID-19 Vaccines

JAN.  21, 2021 | TREASURE COAST–After touting two months ago foreigners could get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, backpedaled his statement Thursday and said only Florida residents were eligible for the vaccine.

In the governor’s attempt to boost tourism to the state, many Canadian news media covered his original statement causing Canadians to sidestep US and state travel restrictions.

As at least one Canadian news site reported people from our northern neighbor utilized commercial transports to haul recreation vehicles into the US. The Canadian owners flew on private aircraft into Michigan or New York then picked up their RVs to travel to Florida.

The new rules of who can get vaccines in Florida took effect Thursday.

Florida residency requirements

To get your first vaccine dose, the state of Florida requires proof of residency meeting the criteria below, or be an individual present in Florida for the purpose of providing health care services involving direct contact with patients. You’ll need either:

1. A valid Florida driver’s license or a valid Florida identification card issued by the Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

2. If a valid Florida ID cannot be provided, a copy of any two of the following items if they reflect a Florida residential address (Note: A P.O. box or commercial/business address is not sufficient and the two items cannot be from the same category):

  • Category A: a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, OR residential rental or lease agreement
  • Category B: a utility hookup or utility work order dated within 60 days before the date of vaccination
  • Category C: a utility bill dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category D: mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category E: mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
  • Category F: if the person is a minor, proof of a Florida residential address for the individual’s parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or another person with whom the seasonal resident resides in Florida, PLUS a written statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
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