Dear friends and neighbors,
We are preparing to return to Washington, D.C., next week to continue our efforts to pass the Build Back Better Act. In the Natural Resources Committee, we already passed $25.6 billion in investments, including funds to support an offshore oil drilling ban, create a Civilian Climate Corps, and advance ocean carbon capture efforts.
On Monday, we will begin reviewing the act in the Energy and Commerce Committee. I look forward to working across the aisle to ensure that we consider the positive implications that closing Florida’s Medicaid gap, lowering drug costs, and expanding Medicare, among others will have on our Central Florida community.
Building Back Better also includes getting out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Joe Biden has outlined a six-part, science-based approach which includes vaccinating the unvaccinated, further protecting the vaccinated, keeping schools safely open, increasing testing and requiring masking, protecting our economic recovery, and improving care for those with COVID-19.
I support these efforts and will do my part to help the Biden administration achieve its goals.
In Central Florida, getting our community vaccinated continues to be our main priority. Below you will find information on vaccination sites throughout our district. Additionally, the CDC recommends that people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised should receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine after the initial two doses. Subject to authorization by the USDA and CDC, booster shots will be available to all Americans beginning eight months after their second dose of an mRNA vaccine.
For more information about booster shots, please visit this website.Working for FL-09Supporting President Biden’s Path Out of the PandemicOn Thursday, President Joe Biden shared his plan to stop the spread of the Delta variant, increase vaccinations, and lead us out of the pandemic.
The President’s action plan includes imposing new vaccination requirements, providing access to booster shots, increasing the accessibility of testing, supporting our hospitals, protecting our economic recovery, and keeping our schools safely open.
It is essential that we all take the necessary steps to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.
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Celebrating our WWII Veterans
Team Soto wished WWII veteran Acisclo Osorio a happy 100th birthday and thanked him for his incredible service to our country. We are forever grateful to all of our nation’s veterans.Celebrating the Haines City Fire Department’s FEMA GrantWe are grateful that FEMA has awarded a nearly $50,000 grant to the Haines City Fire Department. The funding will go towards their efforts to purchase air packs for all personnel who work tirelessly for the safety of our community.Building Back Better for America’s YouthI had a very productive meeting with Jack and Jill of America, Inc. We discussed justice in policing and ways to make college more accessible. These conversations are crucial as we Build Back Better for America’s youth.Advocating for a Pathway to Citizenship Through Budget ReconciliationThrough budget reconciliation, Congress has the opportunity to grant Dreamers, those with Temporary Protected Status, farmworkers, and essential workers a pathway to citizenship. Doing so will advance our economic recovery, raise wages, and create new jobs.COVID-19 Testing in the DistrictWith the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the highly contagious Delta variant, it is incredibly important that anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 gets tested. Tests in Osceola, Polk, and Orange county are free of charge.
In Polk County, testing is provided Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the following location:Auburndale Testing and Vaccination Center, 245 E. Lake Ave., Auburndale, FL, 33823
In Orange County, testing is provided seven days a week, from 9 a.m – 5 p.m at the following locations:Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL 32808Econ Soccer Complex, 8035 Yates Road, Orlando, FL 32807
In Osceola County, testing is provided by appointment only at the following locations:875 Fortune Road in KissimmeeOsceola Heritage ParkCOVID-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 here
If 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
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)Lakeland Pediatrics (4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)601 South Florida Ave, Wednesday, Thursday (Moderna), Tuesday (Pfizer)Winter Haven Women and Children (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.)201 Magnolia Ave SW, Tuesday, Wednesday (Pfizer), Thursday, Friday (Moderna)
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:
PublixALL Publix locations will be offering the COVID-19 vaccineTo 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 site Offering 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)631-0499, Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.Service Academy DayCentral Florida Health Care Mobile Outreach ServicesDrive-Thru Vaccinations in Orlando