DeSantis wants to ramp up vaccinations

The Sun Sentinel reports that Gov. Ron DeSantis announced this morning the state will convert selected COVID test sites to vaccination sites, use houses of worship in underserved communities as vaccination sites, activate contracts for an additional 1,000 nurses and send Emergency Response team members into long-term care facilities.

At a press conference held at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, DeSantis threatened hospitals that don’t administer vaccines quickly won’t get future doses.

Sources have told Inweekly that Ascension Sacred Heart and Baptist have the vaccine but need the county or state to help pay for the extra labor to man the mobile vaccination sites since the hospitals are also battling the rise on hospitalizations.

The governor’s announcement is a welcome news to seniors around the state, including Escambia County, that have been told to book vaccination appointments online and not to call the local health offices.

The pilot program at Brownsville Community Center went smoothly with the FDOH Escambia, Community Health, Escambia County and Florida National Guard working together to vaccinate 500. However, Escambia County has over 54,000 people that are 65 or older.

The Florida Department of Health will have to implement all the changes announced by DeSantis today to vaccinate our senior citizens.

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2 thoughts on “DeSantis wants to ramp up vaccinations

  1. With a little over 250 K people vaccinated in a state of 22 M people, pretty much anything is a “ramp up” from here.

    Like motivational speakers preach, always set achievable goals. Maybe we can get a half a million people vaccinated on the next round.

  2. If he wants to increase the rate of vaccinations, he needs to focus on the process of scheduling them. In Santa Rosa County we need to call a number to schedule an appointment. I have been trying to get through for the last few hours and I’m only getting a busy signal. I’m not sure why they don’t use an online form.

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