The new sites, which were announced Friday, will be in areas of Jacksonville, Tampa, Miami and Orlando picked through a federal vulnerability index that considered things like minority population, socioeconomic status and housing types. When up and running in roughly two weeks, the four sites are expected to collectively give 12,000 daily vaccines, giving a boost to areas that have most struggled to secure vaccines.
DeSantis made no mention of the four new federally backed vaccination sites during a public event held shortly before they were announced. That event in Palm Beach County was set up by DeSantis’ taxpayer-funded office, but had the appearance of a campaign rally, including a cheering audience and at least one attendee wearing a shirt that said “Masks are Slavery.” Last month, DeSantis dismissively referred to the Biden administration’s planned vaccine sites as “FEMA camps.”
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Florida is getting four federally-backed Covid-19 vaccination hubs, an announcement that comes after Gov. Ron DeSantis initially clashed with the Biden administration over federal vaccine help.https://t.co/4Kd0lvZq2r
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