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Shelton Papple, 66, told CBC News he has no qualms about getting vaccinated in Florida. "It's ridiculous," he said. Canadian snowbirds react to COVID-19 March 14, 2020, 4:15 p.m. Montrealer Sidney Margles is packing his bags and heading home because he doesn't want to be stuck in Florida should anything go wrong with his health. That has created a high demand and the vaccine has been difficult to get for seniors like the Gabies. Many have questions about being snowbirds and how pre-existing conditions affect their rank on the priority list. “We’re anxious to get the vaccine but we’re also anxious to make sure that the health-care workers and first responders are looked after as well,” she says. To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Let's get everybody vaccinated if we can.". Last week, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced he's trying to revise the rules so that non-permanent residents in Miami are last in line to receive the vaccine. Coronavirus: B.C. The story has made national headlines in the United States: Foreigners aged 65 and older in Florida, including Canadian snowbirds, are being offered the COVID-19 vaccine.Â. ", This is deeply concerning. Canadian snowbirds are rushing to get inoculated against COVID … ", Visitors in Florida getting the vaccine has become such a hot topic, the popular TV show Good Morning America covered the issue in a news segment on Friday.Â. “This is our 16th winter down here,” Pam Gabie says. Ron DeSantis explained why he's not turning away seasonal residents who meet the current age requirement. This unique mission is being aptly dubbed Operation INSPIRATION. We're part of this community. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. He said he also believes that reports of Canadians flocking to the state to get the vaccine are overblown, because there are plenty of hurdles. “Makes us feel like we’re 15-year-olds trying to get Justin Bieber tickets,” Gabie jokes. On top of securing a vaccine appointment, you must test negative for COVID-19 before flying to Florida (effective Jan. 26); stay in Florida for up to a month to get the second dose; receive another negative COVID-19 test before returning to Canada by air; and quarantine for 14 days upon your return. Something sick about Canadian snowbirds flocking to Florida for COVID vaccinations Back to video Some who have been interviewed feel it is their right to get there, however, they can because they own property which they pay taxes on there. “We’re amongst all three of those processes and we’re hoping one is going to hit.”. They travelled despite the high level of COVID-19 cases in that state. Claim: Florida will provide COVID-19 vaccinations to Canadian visitors specifically to increase tourism in the state. 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Return of Canada's 'snowbirds' raises COVID-19 concerns. Papple suggests that as Florida secures and doles out more doses, the backlash against foreigners like him getting the shot will calm down.Â, "As things go along, the more and more people get vaccinated, I think that becomes a duller story. The Ottawa couple arrived in Florida at the start of November. A week earlier, Canadian snowbirds Andrew Paton, 75, and his wife, Jill, 74, each got their first vaccine dose at a clinic in a gated community in Palm City, Fla., where they own a home. Archer is a dual Canadian-American citizen who grew up in northern Ontario and has lived in Florida for the past 25 years. Comments are welcome while open. But they also face a backlash from some Floridians who argue non-residents shouldn’t have early access to vaccines that are currently in short supply. 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