Gov. DeSantis: Long-term care residents, health care workers will receive COVID-19 vaccine first

Posted at 6:07 PM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 18:07:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis gave an update on Florida's COVID-19 distribution plan and laid out who will receive the vaccine first.

He said that residents of long-term care facilities will be the top priority due to their risk. The state's next priority will be health care workers who are in high-risk and high-contact environment.

"And number three, to the extent we have enough, we want to start getting it out into the broader, 65 and over community, as well as those who have significant comorbidities," DeSantis said.

The state's goal is to get the most high-risk individuals vaccinated in December and into January. Following Johnson & Johnson's potential FDA approval in January, he hopes their vaccine could start being widely disseminated by February.

"Distributing a vaccine across a large and diverse state is a big challenge, but this is a major priority for the state of Florida," said DeSantis.

He also stressed that the vaccine is not mandated for Floridians.