VILLAGES, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis said the next phase of COVID-19 vaccination in Florida will involve senior citizens across the state on Tuesday.
“In Florida, we have to put our parents and grandparents first and that’s what we’re going to do,” DeSantis said. “And we are going to work like hell to get all the vaccine elders who want it.”
“We are not going to keep young, healthy workers ahead of our aging vulnerable population,” he said.
A group of seniors at The Health were vaccinated during a Decentis press conference at UF Health.
“These are probably the first members of the community to be vaccinated seniors, probably anywhere in the country but certainly in Florida,” Groups said. “It’s like a preview of what we’re going to see a lot of expectation over the next week and months.”
DeSantis, who said people over the age of 70 would be given priority, did not offer a concrete timetable, but said the state would soon release additional plans, including plans for community vaccination sites that would Will be available for older persons.
The plan is a break from the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
After healthcare workers and long-term residents, the next groups recommended for vaccine priority are not just people 75 and older, but many groups such as first responders, USPS employees, grocery store employees, and teachers. The CDC then recommends people between the ages of 65 and 74, people ages 16–64 with high-risk medical conditions, as well as food service workers with other essential workers, construction, bank tellers, IT and communications, public safety And join the media.
But who gets the next vaccine depends on the states.
Previously, Florida has been focusing on vaccinating health care workers and people living and working in long-term care facilities. Last week, Florida received 179,400 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, used for those groups.
DeSantis said on Tuesday that healthcare workers have distributed the vaccine to more than 100 long-term care facilities in Broward and Pinalus counties.
“I think once we present it to the elderly – and especially if we get Johnson & Johnson’s approval which is a dose – I think you will be able to offer it widely and I think In some key areas, be it law enforcement, fire, be it teachers, I think they will have access.
This week, Decentis said, the state received an additional 127,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and by the end of Tuesday, the state should have 367,000 doses of the modern vaccine.
DeSantis said about 4.4 million Florida residents are over the age of 65 and 70 over 3 million.
“It’s going to be reserved for you,” DeSantis said while addressing Florida seniors. “But not everyone is able to do it one day. It will take some time to be able to ensure that everyone has access. “
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