Congressman Darren Soto Reports

Congressman Darren Soto via Fri, Jul 30, 9:00 PM (2 days ago)to meDear friends and neighbors,
We have concluded yet another successful week advocating for Florida’s Ninth Congressional District.
We hosted a housing roundtable and press conference at the beginning of the week promoting housing assistance for Central Floridians who are facing home insecurity with the upcoming end to the eviction ban on July 31st.
This week, it also became increasingly clear that Central Floridians should get vaccinated against COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we are currently in a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and we as a community must do all that we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.
COVID-19 vaccines are readily available to those who want one. Please continue reading for information on vaccinations in the district.Working for the DistrictPromoting Assistance for Struggling Central FloridiansOn Monday, I held a housing roundtable with elected officials in Central Florida. American Rescue Plan housing assistance is available now to Central Florida renters and homeowners who are struggling. Those struggling should apply for help before the eviction ban ends on Saturday, July 31st.Check eligibility and apply hereStanding with Brave Capitol Police OfficersThis week was the first January 6th Commission hearing. These brave Capitol Police officers protected our lives and saved our democracy. We will investigate the causeshold those responsible accountable, and ensure this never happens again.Supporting Bipartisan InfrastructureThe American Rescue Plan put shots in arms, money in pockets, and created a plan to Build Back Better. Now, House Democrats are working with Republican members of the Problem Solvers Caucus and a bipartisan group of 67 senators to improve our infrastructure.Read my op-ed in the Orlando Sentinel hereSupporting Immigration ReformOur Hispanic Caucus stands with President Joe Biden in his call to include immigration reforms in the reconciliation package. This is our moment to help Dreamers, TPS recipients, farmworkers, and essential workers.Passing Crucial Funding BillsHouse Democrats are working hard and delivering results for the people. We are able to make progress in our mission to Build Back Better by providing funding for key instruments in education, job training, public health, and more.Supporting Cuban Protesters Fighting for FreedomAfro-Latinos make up nearly 70% of Cuba’s population. I joined Dr. Amalia Dache in a discussion about the persecution of Afro-Latinos by the communist regime. We must stop the apartheid system, protect civil rights, and bring democracy to Cuba.I am also pleased to announce that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus endorsed our Cuba pro-democracy resolution. We stand in solidarity with Cuban protesters fighting for freedom and democracy. It is time to pass the bipartisan HR 534 with Reps. Albio Sires, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Senators Bob Menendez and Marco Rubio.Click here for more information COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in the DistrictAll Floridians 12 years of age and older are eligible to pre-register for a vaccine appointment NOW. After registration, individuals will be notified when appointments become available in their area.
Please visit this website to monitor updates provided by the state and do your part to end this pandemic and return to prosperity!Pre-register hereIf you live in Orange County, please continue to use their website.
In Polk County, The Florida Department of Health is providing COVID-19 vaccines to those wanting one from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:
Mondays – Lakeland Health Department, 3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in LakelandWednesdays – Auburndale Testing location, 245 E. Lake Ave. in AuburndaleFridays – Haines City Health Department, 1700 Baker Ave. E. in Haines City
They will also be hosting vaccination events at the following locations:
August 4Polk State College – Winter Haven campus
August 9Florida Natural Growers, Lake Wales St. Ann Catholic Church, Haines City
August 11Polk State College – Winter Haven Campus
No appointment is necessary. However, if individuals wish to make an appointment, they may contact the DOH Polk Information Center at (863) 519-7911.
Central Florida Health Care will be offering COVID-19 vaccines to those wanting one at the following locations:
Frostproof Clinic (1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)109 W Wall St, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (Moderna), Friday (Pfizer)Haines City Clinic (1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.)705 Ingraham Ave, Monday (J & J), Thursday (Moderna), Friday (Pfizer)Lake Wales Clinic (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.)305 W Central Ave, Monday, Tuesday Wednesday, Friday (Moderna), Thursday (Pfizer)
Call (866) 234-8534 if you have any questions.COVID-19 Vaccines by CountyAs COVID-19 infections rise in Central Florida, we are working with local officials to provide up-to-date information on vaccinations. For more information on your county’s distribution plans, please visit the websites linked below. Orange CountyOsceola CountyPolk CountyFlorida has many sites that are providing COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments may be required and vaccine availability will vary from day to day and week to week.Click here for a full list of vaccine sites in FloridaClick here for a vaccine finder Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for COVID-19 Vaccinations and Community Vaccination Sites Many local pharmacies and community sites are offering the COVID-19 vaccine. As we receive more information, we will update our list to ensure that everyone has access to these vaccination opportunities. At the moment, vaccinations are available at:
Publix ALL Publix locations will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine To register, please click here
CVSTo register, please click here
Walmart Supercenter 1086, located at 4400 13th Street, Saint Cloud, FL 34769 Supercenter 817, located at 4444 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34746Supercenter 725, located at 36205 US Highway 27, Haines City, FL 33844Supercenter 859, located at 2000 State Road 60 E, Lake Wales, FL 33898Supercenter 3347, located at 7450 Cypress Gardens Blvd, Winter Haven, FL 33884Supercenter 5420, located at 3250 Vineland Road, Kissimmee, FL 34746Neighborhood Market 5846, located at 3183 West Vine Street, Kissimmee, FL 34741Neighborhood Market 5265, located at 2125 Nolte Road, Saint Cloud, FL 34772Neighborhood Market 4159, located at 2850 E Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34743To register, please click here
Sam’s ClubSam’s 4782, located at 4763 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34746To determine eligibility and register, please click here
Winn-DixieTo register, please click here
Central Florida Health CareCall 866-234-8534 to be connected to a convenient siteOffering vaccinations to individuals 12 years and older
FDOH Orange County – Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care Located at 1267 W Osceola Pkwy, Kissimmee, FL 34741Vaccinations are offered by appointment only Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Individuals can schedule an appointment here or by calling 407-569-0220
Centro Cristiano Dios De Pactos ChurchLocated at 1130 Simmons Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744Vaccinations provided by appointment only Individuals can pre-register here   
Chambers Park Community Center in Osceola CountyLocated at 2380 Smith Street, Kissimmee, FL 34744Vaccines offered on a first-come, first-served basis Opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. or when vaccines run out
Orlando VA Healthcare System at Lake Nona*Located at 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, FL 32827Appointments and walk-ins are available Monday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Tuesday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Orlando VA Healthcare System at Lake Baldwin*Located at 5201 Raymond Street, Orlando, FL 32803Appointments are offered from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and walk-ins until 1 p.m.
Over 100,000 Veterans have been vaccinated so far! The below individuals can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the VA now: Enrolled VeteransNon enrolled veterans Veterans who are normally unable to receive services at the VASpouses/Surviving SpousesCaregiversActive-Duty Service MembersReservistsNational GuardCHAMP VA BeneficiariesDepartment of Homeland Security employees Food and Drug Administration employees
*To schedule an appointment, call (407)631-0499Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.CFHC Mobile Outreach ServicesValencia College American Rescue Plan Grants

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