Knowing that seniors were particularly vulnerable to severe COVID-19, Florida’s Seniors First strategy prioritized protecting our most vulnerable population. Florida took early measures to protect nursing homes and long-term care facilities; prioritized vaccinating those 65 and older; and until the Biden Administration revoked anti-body treatments, ensured treatments were widely available, particularly in areas densely populated with seniors

For specific information on COVID-19 vaccine locations visit: https://webster.house.gov/covid19-vaccine.  I am opposed to vaccine mandates and believe healthcare decisions should be made between individuals and their healthcare providers. 

If you have concerns about or are impacted by these mandates and need assistance please contact my office: https://webster.house.gov/federal-vaccine-mandate

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Important Links

The Florida Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center, 1-866-779-6121. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Covid Treatments

The FDA's abrupt decision to revoke authorization of Monoclonal Antibody Treatments (mAbs) is senseless and dangerous for the residents of Florida and across the nation. Doctors should have access to an array of treatments and therapies and make the determination of what best serves their patients. As a result of this decision, many of the treatment sites opened by Governor DeSantis across Florida have been forced to close.

I've asked Health and Human Services Secretary Becerra to provide the information and data used by the FDA to make this decision.

Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. Under a standing order signed by Florida's State Surgeon General, patients in Florida may receive this treatment from an eligible healthcare provider without a prescription or referral.  NIH treatment guidelines recommend these antibodies be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis. To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments, please visit patientportalfl.com.

Travel

Non-citizen, non-immigrant air travelers to the United States are required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to fly to the United States, with only limited exceptions. Visit travel.state.gov and the CDC's FAQ page for more information. Please also heed the Department of State and CDC travel advisories before planning or embarking on any international travel. If you recently traveled, please consult the CDC's recommendations.

Many of my colleagues and I recently urged TSA Administrator David P. Pekoske to eliminate mask requirements for airline passengers. There is no science to support the extension of a mask mandate for passengers of air travel. Our letter demands immediate reversal of the President’s decision to extend the transportation mask mandate through April 18th. We must follow the science and allow Americans to return to normal travel.

Vaccine Passports and Mandates

I am opposed to vaccine mandates and believe healthcare decisions should be made between individuals and their healthcare providers. I've been fighting to end and prohibit mask and vaccine mandates, fought the Biden Administration for limiting access to treatment and therapies and led the charge to recognize natural immunity. If you have concerns about or are impacted by these mandates and need assistance please contact my office: https://webster.house.gov/federal-vaccine-mandate

Getting Tested

If you are feeling sick and believe you have been exposed to the virus, contact your local healthcare provider or your county health department at link provided above. 

Veterans

For latest information on VA's response and services provided relating to this coronavirus outbreak, visit www.va.gov/coronavirus.  Veterans who are concerned they may have COVID-19 symptoms or are feeling sick should contact the VISN 8 Clinical Contact Center at 1-877-741-3400 (toll-free) before going to a VA facility.

Assistance for Families, Workers and Small Businesses

On December 21, 2020, Congress passed a $900 bipartisan agreement to provide additional relief to hardworking Americans. Among other items, this historic package includes extensions of unemployment relief programs enacted under the CARES Act that were set to expire at the end of the year, expansion of the Paycheck Protection Program and a restart and expansion of the Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

Donate Blood and Plasma

According to the FDA, if you have recovered from COVID-19, the antibodies in your blood plasma could help others who contract the virus. Public health information suggests that “convalescent plasma” has the potential to lessen the severity or shorten the length of illness caused by the coronavirus. Please consider donating today. Visit my web-page for location and eligibility information: https://webster.house.gov/convalescent-plasma

Medicare

Medicare patients can be evaluated, receive preventative health screenings, and other services without leaving home. This increase in flexibility is not diagnosis specific and allows Medicare beneficiaries to use telehealth for various healthcare concerns. This helps them avoid unnecessarily entering a healthcare facility while still getting their healthcare needs met. This is important to allow individuals to access healthcare while practicing social distancing and other guidance from the CDC to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

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  • More information is available in a fact sheet posted at bottom of this page.

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