DeSantis on vaccinating seniors: 'We're not doing any tourists'

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Florida will continue to put seniors first when it comes to getting residents vaccinated, Gov. Ron DeSantis reiterated at a Tuesday news conference.

The governor provided another COVID-19 and vaccine update from The Villages and again touted his policy of giving vaccine priority to seniors.

“Putting seniors first was the right decision,” DeSantis said. “Seniors first is our mantra.”

According to a DOH report released Monday, more than 547,000 Floridians have received their first doses. On Tuesday, DeSantis said more than 223,000 of Florida’s 4.5 million seniors had been vaccinated, which was more than 50% of vaccinations administered in the state.

Hillsborough County launches new COVID-19 vaccine registration system

“Florida is putting seniors first. More than 50 percent of the total vaccinations administered in the state have been for individuals 65 and older, and we continue to accelerate this rate,” DeSantis said in a video message released Tuesday morning.

The move bucks CDC vaccine-priority guidelines that include “non–health care frontline essential workers” in “phase 1b” vaccinations. That would include K-12 teachers, school staff, child care workers, and “critical workers in high-risk settings—workers who are in industries essential to the functioning of society and substantially higher

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