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.
“Our goal is to make all safe and effective COVID vaccines available to Floridians who want them, but the state will not mandate that Floridians take these vaccines,” DeSantis said. “That’s going to be the choice of each and every Floridian.” https://t.co/bTLRRBInNB
— FOX 13 Tampa Bay (@FOX13News) November 19, 2020
These 5 hospitals will be the first in Florida to get the COVID vaccine, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis:
Jackson Memorial in Miami
Memorial Healthcare in Hollywood
Advent Health in Orlando
UF Health in Jacksonville
— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) November 19, 2020
This month has brought promising news regarding our efforts to combat COVID-19. The State of Florida is prepared to work with the federal government to distribute vaccines to Florida hospitals in the upcoming weeks, as well as new therapeutic treatments for those most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/TcVBKrKlEH
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 19, 2020