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Coronavirus Live Updates: Are You A Vaccine Veto? Level Of Misinformation Plays Key Role, USF Study Finds

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Walmart pharmacist Lauren Payne prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the Esperanza Community Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 19, 2021.

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Are You A Vaccine Veto? Level Of Misinformation Plays Key Role, USF Study Finds

Updated Monday at 6:30 a.m.

The age of conspiracy theories is taking a toll on efforts to get more Floridians vaccinated for COVID-19, a new study out of the University of South Florida has found.

Vaccination efforts so far have yielded great results with new cases reported by the state on Friday continuing to decrease. But the new Delta variant — which is spread among children more readily — has made it's way to the Sunshine State and about 50% of the state's total population remains unvaccinated.

Immunologists say that 70 to 85% of the population needs to have been vaccinated or have developed immunity through infection to achieve herd immunity. President Joe Biden's has set a 70% vaccinated goal by July 4.

— By John Pacenti / The Palm Beach Post

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Royal Caribbean Sails First ‘Simulator’ Cruise Ship From Miami, As Industry Set To Restart

Updated Monday at 5:21 a.m.

A Royal Caribbean International cruise ship left from PortMiami with 600 passengers on board Sunday evening — part of a test sail trip as the cruise industry gears up for a grand restart later this summer.

The two-day trip on the Freedom of the Seas is a simulation with volunteer passengers, many of whom are Royal Caribbean employees, set to test whether cruise ships are safe. It’s a major milestone for the cruising industry after it came to a sudden halt last year during the COVID-19 pandemic and has not sailed with passengers for 15 months.

The ship, which left the South Florida port at 7 p.m. Sunday, will stop in CocoCay, the Bahamian island owned by the major cruise line.

— By Bianca Padró Ocasio / The Miami Herald

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