Mar 11, 2021 - News

Gov. DeSantis: Florida close to offering vaccines to everyone

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On Monday, Florida opens coronavirus vaccinations to people 60 and up, then plans to vaccinate those 55 and older "relatively soon," Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday.

  • Then the state "probably could just open it up to the general public at that point," DeSantis said, per the Tampa Bay Times.

Driving the news: Florida’s supply of doses from the federal government is growing, as is the Federal Pharmacy Program.

  • Meanwhile, demand is softening in many of the state’s 67 counties.

In fact, the federally-run vaccine distribution sites in Tampa — which have the ability to vaccinate 3,000 people per day — are not using their full supply every day.

  • Leftover shots are either saved for the next day or redistributed to other sites. They're only given to those who meet eligibility requirements.

What they're saying: "It's largely because of people either can't make their appointments or make their appointments and don't show up," FEMA's Hallie Anderson told WUSF.

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