(WFLA) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in The Villages Tuesday, saying the elderly in Florida’s communities will be next in line to get the COVID vaccine.
The announcement was made by the Governor at the Advanced Surgery Center at UF Health The Villages Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
“There were discussions among the CDC that actually had a proposal to place “younger essential workers” ahead of elderly individuals. Now that was met with, deservedly, a lot of backlash,” DeSantis said.
“If you’re 22-years-old and working at a grocery store you take preference over a 74-year-old grandma? I don’t think that’s the direction we want to go In Florida,” Governor DeSantis said. He continued “We’ve got to put our grandparents first. That’s what we’re going to be doing. We’re going to work like hell to get all the vaccines out to the elderly who want it,” said Governor DeSantis.
He continued, if that is something CDC officials choose to do, Florida will not follow suit. “They do not bind states, individual governors and they will not bind the state of FL. Let me be very clear….our vaccines are going to be targeted towards our elderly population first,” said Governor