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Gov. DeSantis: Hospitals can administer COVID vaccine to 'extremely vulnerable'

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Feb 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 16:06:30-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-315 on Tuesday, which allows hospitals to administer a COVID-19 vaccine to persons they deem to be “extremely vulnerable.”

The CDC defines “extremely vulnerable” as:

  • People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma.
  • People who have serious heart conditions.
  • People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment.
  • People of any age with severe obesity (BMI >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk.
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Down Syndrome
  • Sickle Cell disease
  • Diabetes
  • Have been classified as clinically extremely vulnerable based on clinical judgment and assessment by the physician.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) has developed a process for local primary care providers to refer their “extremely vulnerable” patients to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

As these patients are referred and additional vaccine allocations are received, TMH will contact the most vulnerable patients first to schedule vaccine appointments.

If you meet the “extremely vulnerable” criteria and are under the age of 65, please contact your primary care provider to be referred to TMH.

The general public should not contact TMH directly to request the vaccine at this time.