DeSantis Says More Vaccination Sites Are Coming

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During a press conference in Orlando Monday Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced four new actions the state is undertaking to increase vaccinations, especially for Floridians 65 and older and health care workers. The state is also planning to convert testing sites to vaccination sites.

Governor DeSantis said he’s directing the Florida Division of Emergency Management to partner with the Florida Department of Health to identify additional sites to administer the vaccine and to be open 7 days per week, including the conversion of state-supported testing sites and partnerships with places of worship in underserved communities. “I am also directing the Division to hire additional nurses to support these sites and accelerate vaccinations in Florida’s over 3,000 assisted living facilities. We will continue to build on these efforts in the coming weeks.”

It’s unclear as of yet if the Century Link/Minnesota Twins stadium site will be converted.

The state has instituted four new actions regarding vaccinations.

1) Expanding access to vaccine with additional state-supported sites.
Governor DeSantis has directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to work with the Florida Department of Health to identify state-run COVID-19 testing sites that can convert into vaccine sites. Additional information regarding the locations of these sites will be available in the coming days.

2) Deploying the vaccine into underserved communities.
Governor DeSantis has directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to identify places of worship and other locations in underserved communities where the vaccine may be administered. Florida has already begun a pilot program in Escambia County, where over 500 seniors have received their vaccine and have been scheduled for their booster shot, which they will receive at the same location.

3) Reinforcing vaccination efforts with additional staff.
Governor DeSantis has directed the Florida Division of Emergency Management to immediately hire 1,000 contract nurses to support vaccination efforts. These nurses will be deployed throughout the entire state to help run vaccination sites, including public sites run by the state or counties and private sites such as South Seminole Hospital. These nurses will supplement the many personnel already in the field, including 800 Florida National Guardsmen, who have been supporting the state’s response since the beginning of the pandemic.

4) Continuing to prioritize long-term care facility residents.
There is no time to waste to vaccinate Florida’s most vulnerable residents. Governor DeSantis is directing the Florida Division of Emergency Management to assume additional responsibilities regarding the administration of vaccines in Florida’s over 3,000 assisted living facilities, supplementing and accelerating the efforts being undertaken by CVS and Walgreens, pursuant to their agreement with the federal government.

 

2 COMMENTS

  1. We’re not there yet! We’ve experienced localized chaos. We have already been turned away at two of the initial sites despite arriving three hours early. The phone registration was impossible! Two of us made approximately 500 calls on 3 phones that first hour. Most would not go through at all with various Verizon messages (call cannot be dialed, number is not in service, etc.) We got a message on one that had us add a birthdate and dropped the call. Another took the birthdate and said they would call back. We waited until 8 p.m. with no call-back.

  2. BAVO!! Governor DeSantis!!!!
    I’ve been in touch with many relatives and friends from destinations north. Clearly, the overwhelming consensus is that the State Government of Florida has its act together when it comes to our response to this plague. Let’s keep up the good work.

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