Health officials applaud DeSantis' plan to prioritize elderly for COVID vaccine

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Cap News Services) – Florida won’t be following CDC recommendations for Phase II of the COVID vaccine rollout. 

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday he will be signing an executive order, making clear the state’s priority for vaccinating Floridians aged 65 and older.

The decision is being applauded by some healthcare groups. The COVID vaccine is rolling out and first on the list, per CDC guidance, are healthcare workers and longterm care residents and staff.

“Employees get tears in their eyes, the residents are emotional because finally we’re seeing some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Emmett Reed, Executive Director of the Florida Health Care Association.

Emmett Reed, Executive Director of the Florida Health Care Association says he believes Phase I could be completed very soon.

“The way that I’m seeing it, it’s a matter of weeks,” said Reed.

But for Phase II, Florida will go its own way.

CDC recommendations say essential workers and people 75 years and older should be next on the list. Instead, Governor Ron DeSantis will prioritize Floridians aged 65 and up.

“We are not going to put young healthy workers ahead of our elderly vulnerable population,” said DeSantis in a

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