Florida eyeing places of worship, state-run testing sites for mass COVID-19 vaccinations

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 13:16:54-05

LONGWOOD, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday said the state will soon begin converting state-run COVID-19 testing sites into vaccination sites.

Calling the next two months "crunch time," DeSantis said the state is working to identify large-scale sites, including places of worship, throughout the state where mass COVID-19 vaccinations can take place.

"We don't believe it's time to rest," DeSantis said during a news conference at Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital in Longwood. "We want to continue to see this vaccine administered as quickly as possible."

In addition, the state is also deploying 1,000 additional nurses across the state to support vaccination efforts.

"I think 2021 is gonna be brighter, and I think this vaccine is providing a lot of hope to a lot of people," DeSantis said.

The goal is for all state-ran mass vaccination sites to be open seven days a week, according to DeSantis. He is also asking hospital-ran sites to do the same.

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