Florida surgeon general grilled by lawmakers over state's COVID-19 vaccine rollout

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — 8 On Your Side is continuing to fight for answers after we exposed there are nearly one million unused doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.

Right now, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows nearly one million first doses of vaccines have yet to be used in Florida. And despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ statements, 8 On Your Side uncovered the vaccine backlog does not include booster shots being held in reserve.

In a committee hearing held Wednesday morning, Democratic state senators questioned Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees about the rollout. The lawmakers grilled Rivkees over the state’s alleged lack of planning and reports that the rich are skipping the vaccine lines.

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“Do you believe … if we would’ve put a vaccination plan together that we could have avoided that?” State Sen. Shevrin Jones (D-Miami Gardens) asked.

Sen. Gary Farmer Jr. (D-Fort Lauderdale) asked, “what’s the status of this overall plan?”

Weeks after the vaccine’s arrival, Florida has not finalized its vaccination plan. The latest draft is from Oct. 16, 2020.

Still, Dr. Scott Rivkees says, the strategy

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