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Local leaders add options for vaccinating Florida's seniors, veterans

Posted at 7:37 PM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 19:37:18-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Hoping to get more Floridians vaccinated, Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced that more Publix stores are getting doses.

Right now, 242 stores across 18 counties are offering shots to seniors, but none yet in Leon County.

Gov. DeSantis is now aiming to keep the wait reasonable by requiring proof of Florida residency at some vaccination locations.

"We're only doing for Florida, Florida residents. You got to live here either full-time or at least part-time," said Gov. DeSantis.

Some Floridians expressed their frustration on social media, with some sharing they've traveled across state lines to get their shot sooner.

Hospital administrators ABC 27 spoke within Georgia said, while some may have slipped through, they're cracking down on residency requirements.

Both states are now offering additional vaccination options for veterans 65 years and older.

"We started off with veterans who are 75 and then added first-line essential workers who are also patients enrolled at our veteran's clinic, said Dr. Armia Sorial, Chief Medical Officer at the Tallahassee Veterans Outpatient Clinic. He adds, "Just today we added enrolled veterans who are 65 years and older."

VA clinics will accept appointments according to the last digits of veterans' social security numbers while supplies last. Eligible parties interested in vaccinations are encouraged to register for an appointment as soon as possible to minimize the delay.

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