DeSantis: Florida Will Not Mandate Getting Vaccine

Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports:

Each vaccine requires two doses. If approved, the federal government anticipates having enough vaccine for 20 million Americans by the end of December, said DeSantis. DeSantis went on to say that millions of doses are ready to ship. Once the FDA approves the vaccine, they will ship within 24 hours. DeSantis expects Florida hospitals to receive them within three to six weeks, contingent on FDA approval.

Additionally, DeSantis said that shortly thereafter, or maybe at the same time, as hospitals begin to receive the vaccine, CVS and Walgreens locations will receive the vaccine to administer to residents of long-term care facilities. So far, nearly 2,000 long-term care facilities in Florida have registered to receive the vaccine. DeSantis added that the goal is to make all safe and effective vaccines available to Floridians who want them, but it will not be mandated.