TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – As seniors lined up at coronavirus vaccination websites and frustrations mounted over their incapability to make appointments for life-saving injections, Governor Ron DeSantis warned hospitals towards storing vaccines and urged them to work quicker to manage vaccines to Floridians who’re 65 and older.
“The sunshine is on the finish of the tunnel,” DeSantis stated throughout a information convention in Orlando on Monday, including that hospitals that don’t meet vaccination objectives will see their vaccine allocation diminished and redistributed to different suppliers.
“I do not need a vaccine on the market not for use when you possibly can put an injection in an arm,” he stated.
DeSantis ordered hospitals to tell state officers about how they plan to supply vaccines to the general public.
Mary Mayhew, government director of the Florida Hospital Affiliation, stated hospitals within the state have been “working tirelessly” to serve the group and roll out vaccines.
“Hospitals are completely dedicated to the environment friendly administration of vaccines,” Mayhew stated, noting that “the overwhelming majority of the vaccine simply arrived within the final week and a half earlier than two holidays.”
As of Monday, greater than 260,000 Floridians had been vaccinated, most of them healthcare staff and first responders, though a rising quantity are individuals 65 and older, whom the governor has made a key demographic for vaccines.