Gov. Ron DeSantis says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is now following Florida’s lead on pushing vaccines out to those 65 and older.
President Donald Trump‘s administration is asking states to speed delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to people 65 and older and to others at high risk by no longer holding back the second dose of the two-dose shots, officials said Tuesday. HHS Secretary Alex Azar said “the administration in the states has been too narrowly focused.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, under HHS, initially recommended that the current phase go to essential workers and people 75 and older. However, Florida immediately broke with the federal government on that choice and late last month became the first state to start vaccinating the general populace of people 65 and older.
“We didn’t follow it because it would have allowed a 20-year-old healthy worker to get a vaccine before a 74-year-old grandmother or grandparent,” DeSantis said. “That does not recognize how this virus has effected elderly people.”
Speaking at a press conference in the Villages on Tuesday, the Governor implied credit for health officials’ new strategy.
“HHS is now going to tell states,