Tacolcy Property Management Company (TPMC) partners with District 5 Commissioner Jeffrey Watson and Mayor Francis Suarez to facilitate vaccination distribution and administration in Miami’s underserved areas and senior community.

In December 2020, as part of Covid-19 relief measures under the CARES Act, the City of Miami provided its residents with Publix grocery gift cards each valued at $250. The cards were being distributed on a first-come-first served basis which presented some challenges for those, like the elderly, who may not have personal transportation and are less able to cope with long lines.

On a television interview, Commissioner Watson expressed his unwavering commitment to bringing Covid-19 relief to vulnerable demographics such as Miami’s senior citizens. It was this interview that inspired TPMC’s Vice President, Angela Kelly to reach out to Commissioner Watson’s Office to propose a plan for distributing these gift cards in a more senior-friendly and safe socially distant environment.

The team at TPMC assisted their seniors with the paperwork and personally delivered the documents to the Commissioner’s staff for verification, thereby providing an efficient channel for the Grocery Gift Cards to be distributed to more than 200 of their Senior residents. This provided the dual benefit of creating a space for the Commissioner to safely connect with his constituents.

It was the relationships forged through this pilot project that paved the way for TPMC to partner more deliberately with the City of Miami in its fight against Covid-19.

In a joint effort, on January 27, 2021, Moderna vaccines were administered onsite by the City of Miami Fire Department to almost a hundred residents of TPMC’s affordable senior-living community, Tuscany Cove, and seniors from their Edison Terraces, Edison Towers and Edison Place apartment homes.

The second dose of the Moderna vaccine was applied on February 26. In an extended show of commitment to the seniors of Liberty City and the wider City of Miami area, each person inoculated was gifted a box of 50 disposable masks from the Commissioner Watson’s office, while Mayor Suarez’ team made sure each received a PPE kit with additional masks and sanitizer. 

The seniors were very appreciative and considered themselves blessed that they didn’t have to leave their apartment community to obtain the vaccine.

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