A Florida vaccination site became overcrowded after state Sen. Annette Taddeo incorrectly tweeted that the site would again take all comers after only a few eligible residents turned up last Saturday.
The site was run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and could administer 500 doses per day.
Because they did not want to waste the vaccines on hand, the center disregarded the state’s eligibility rules and agreed to vaccinate any adult.
The center was then overwhelmed by hundreds of residents who flocked to the site to get inoculated.
Police then arrived at the scene to control the crowds after the state’s eligibility rules were reinforced.
“If you do not meet the criteria, you will not be vaccinated today,” said a police officer at the scene.
According to the residents who came from all parts of the state, they got word of the site from social media.
Taddeo later deleted that tweet and corrected herself after the incident.
“I deleted the tweet pictured below because people were still retweeting. This site is not following yesterday’s criteria today. They are only serving 65+ and those with preexisting conditions,” said Taddeo.
In Florida, only those 65 and older, frontline medical workers, police officers, teachers, firefighters over 50, and younger people with a physician’s note are eligible for vaccination.
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