Coral Springs Commission: Vaccine Update, Black History Month, and Remembering the Victims of Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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From the Coral Springs City Commission:

We remain optimistic that with the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines, the end of this unprecedented pandemic is in sight for 2021.

We are proud to have developed partnerships with the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH), as well as local medical providers to serve as a distribution point for the COVID-19 vaccine. Our city staff quickly assembled a team to open a site at the Coral Square Mall to better serve the senior community in the northwest corridor of Broward County in January.

Effective immediately, we are providing mobile vaccination distribution to our senior living communities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities in Coral Springs. By going to seniors, we are eliminating the stress of scheduling, transportation, and mobility issues for our most vulnerable population.

We recognize the frustration of those 65 and older with the process to schedule an appointment, but we ask that you be patient as more vaccination sites are opened, and the vaccine is more readily available. Please call 866-201-6313 to check for vaccine availability through FDOH.

February is Black History Month, and we are proud to celebrate the achievements and contributions of Black Americans in our community. We look forward to highlighting local black leaders in our city nominated by our community. For more details, visit www.coralsprings.org/bhm.

This month and every day since February 14, 2018, we continue to remember and honor the 17 students and staff who died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We also remember all of those who were injured and forever touched by the violence experienced that day.

Three years does not ease the heartache resulting from such loss – we will never forget and continue to provide meaningful ways to commemorate and honor the memories of Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Martin Duque, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup and Peter Wang.

For residents and community members who continue to struggle with mental health, especially in the wake of such loss, there are many resources available. Please call 2-1-1 for suicide intervention; those at risk can also text “FL” to 741-741 to immediately speak with a counselor. For additional resources – we offer resources on our website at coralsprings.org/mentalhealth.

Since that tragic day, our city remains committed to ensuring the safety of our students and faculty. Our Police Department has demonstrated their commitment to ensuring school safety by implementing new technology connected directly into our Real-Time Crime Center (RTCC). Using advanced software, security systems are integrated directly into the RTCC improving response times and saving critical seconds during emergency situations – when time matters the most.

On February 19, residents will be able to celebrate all the reasons we love to call Coral Springs home at our Virtual State of the City. For more details about this event, please visit www.coralsprings.org/events.

We encourage you to remain vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19, continue to wear a facial covering, remain socially distanced, and follow good personal hygiene.

The Coral Springs Commission is Mayor Scott Brook, Vice Mayor Joy Carter, Commissioners Shawn Cerra, Nancy Metayer, and Joshua Simmons.

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