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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees’ new rules regarding who can make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment are causing concern among the state’s seasonal residents.

Seasonal residents, sometimes called ‘snowbirds’, are defined as anyone who lives here for more than 31 consecutive days each year.

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In order for them to get the vaccine, they have to provide two forms of documentation; a deed, a mortgage, or a rental agreement plus a utility bill, bank or tax statement, or a piece of mail sent by a government agency.

Roy Schminky and his wife call the Burnt Store Marina home for six months of the year. He said while he’s a seasonal resident, he doesn’t have the documents needed to get a vaccination.

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“Our utility bills are included in our lease or in our rent I should say and consequently I don’t have two documents. I have a lease. But I don’t have any other kind of document that would show proof that we are here for that length of time,” he said.

“I think they need to rethink it and I think there are going to be a lot of other people in my position. In fact, I know people right now. I mean there’s more than just us,” he added.

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Rivkees said the new rules are intended to curb what’s become known as vaccine tourism where people come to the state to get a vaccination and then go home. Team