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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Even for people who are supposed to get priority, COVID-19 vaccine distribution remains a mess around Tampa Bay.

Why it matters: The stakes are still high. Florida added 277 coronavirus deaths on Friday, tying its daily record set back in August, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

What's happening:

  • Assisted living facilities have seen a 73% spike in cases over the last month, but still can't get vaccines before the general public, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
  • Teachers 65 and older in Pinellas and Hillsborough school districts are getting vaccinated, but that isn't the case in other counties around the area, WTSP reports.
  • A Tampa Bay prison nurse nearing 65 opened up to Creative Loafing about the disparities in vaccine distribution between hospital health care workers and those in other frontline sectors.

Go deeper

How Tampa Bay is juggling a Super Bowl and a pandemic

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

With 10 days left until the big game, there’s been a lot of talk about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Super Bowl — and, by extension, Tampa Bay.

The state of play: Super Bowl Host Committee president Rob Higgins doesn’t want to think about what could have been for our area. Instead, he told Axios he appreciates what the Super Bowl is: a much-needed economic boost.

How Tampa Bay is managing unused COVID vaccines

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

With so much anxiety surrounding how hard it is to get the coronavirus vaccine, a question has been lingering in many of our minds: What happens when people don't show up for their shots?

The big picture: A relatively small amount — 3,444 doses, or 0.1% of the 3 million vaccines the state has received — has been wasted.

Jan 29, 2021 - Health

Teachers want the vaccine, but they'll have to wait

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Some teachers don't want to return to the classroom until they've been vaccinated — setting up potential clashes with state and local governments pushing to reopen schools.

Why it matters: Extended virtual learning is taking a toll on kids, and the Biden administration is pushing to get them back in the classroom quickly. But that will only be feasible if teachers are on board.

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