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Cleveland Clinic suspends appointments for vaccines in Martin County, Weston

But supply remains in Indian River County
Posted at 7:42 PM, Dec 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-31 19:42:31-05

STUART, Fla. — Cleveland Clinic Florida announced on Thursday that it has reached its COVID-19 vaccine supply limit and has suspended scheduling appointments in Martin County North and South hospitals and Weston Hospital though Indian River Hospital is continuing to schedule appointments as supply allows.

Martin Health scheduled approximately 2,000 vaccinations and Weston Hospital 2,200 vaccinations for the upcoming week and will resume scheduling patients when there is additional supply.

"Our appointment call centers have experienced an extremely high volume of calls since opening on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 for patients who meet criteria for vaccination under an executive order from Gov. Ron DeSantis," Cleveland Clinic wrote in a news release.

"We are working closely with the state of Florida to receive additional supplies of vaccine by early next week."

Cleveland Clinic Florida region announced Tuesday it would begin to scheduled COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday.

Vaccinations will be by appointment only for those who meet the following criteria:

  • Cleveland Clinic patients over 65 years
  • Cleveland Clinic patients with certain high-risk medical conditions at risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes patients with obesity, cancer, COPD, chronic kidney disease, immunocompromised state, heart conditions, sickle cell disease, pregnancy, and Type 2 diabetes
  • Hospitalized patients who meet criteria and are being discharged from the hospital
  • Community health care providers and first-responders.

Patients who meet the criteria can call and schedule their first COVID-19 vaccine dose. The second dose will be scheduled after administration of the first.

Patients at Cleveland Clinic locations in Broward, Palm Beach and Indian River counties can call 954-659-5950 to schedule.

Cleveland Clinic Martin Health patients can schedule their vaccination by calling 772-419-3308.
As of Monday, Cleveland Clinic hs inoculated more than 2,800 caregivers across the region. Those caregivers will receive a second dose after 28 days.

“We are grateful that we can offer this vital protection to our caregivers, our health partners, and the patients we serve,” said Dr. Conor Delaney, CEO and president of Cleveland Clinic Florida. “This is a pivotal step in our ability to protect our communities and to manage the impact of the COVID-19 virus.”