Sarasota County is Getting More Vaccines Than Manatee County, This is Why!
If you are like me, you saw Sarasota County announce earlier this week (3/3/21) they had vaccinated 95,000 people, while that same day Manatee County announced they had vaccinated 50,000 residents. I was very curious, why the difference?
The reason Sarasota County is getting more vaccines than Manatee County, is because of the age of their population. Sarasota County is older than Manatee County.
January of 2021 is when the State of Florida began to send vaccines to County offices of the Florida Department of Health on a weekly basis.
Typically, Sarasota County would receive approximately 7,000 doses each week, while Manatee County would get about 5,100 doses.
What is interesting is, both Counties are very close in overall population
Sarasota County has 433,742 residents as of July 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Manatee County has 403,253.
Now for details as to why Sarasota gets noire than Manatee.
When vaccine roll-out began, The State of Florida, allocated the COVID vaccine by the percentage of individuals that are 65 and older in each Florida county. Since they were the most at high risk.
Currently, based on the 2019 census numbers mentioned above.
Sarasota County has 37.3% of the population with persons 65 years and over...
Manatee County has 28.1% of the population with persons 65 years and over.
For me, I was surprised to see that Sarasota County was that much older than Manatee County. However, it doesn't make my Mom any happier she still hasn't gotten her vaccine and she lives in Sarasota County. Then again, she isn't the most patient person, in the world, LOL