Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings says he is unapologetic about his decision to allow those 40 and older to get COVID-19 vaccines at the Orange County Convention Center starting Monday. Gov. Ron DeSantis says it’s not the mayor’s decision to make.
“It’s not his decision to make, there’s a structure in the state of Florida in terms of how these decisions are made,” DeSantis said.
“You know I would note, Orange County is below the state average in seniors vaccinated there at 63%. Trying to do healthy 40-year-olds, over finding maybe some more seniors, to me, would not be the direction that I would go,” DeSantis said.
The Orlando Sentinel reports:
“I am unapologetic for making a decision in the best interest of my county,” Demings said in a statement Friday. The governor did not say if he would take any action against the mayor, but it appears he won’t. “Local officials are expected to follow the parameters of the Governor’s executive orders,” DeSantis spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice stated in an email when asked if he planned to intervene with Demings’ plans.
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