The Orlando Sentinel reports:
People 40 years and older can be vaccinated at the Orange County Convention Center starting Monday, Mayor Jerry Demings said, his latest move in extending the shot to people ahead of state regulations.
Demings said the decision was made with confidence the county has ample supply to handle the potential of people from outside of the county flocking here. He said he informed the state of his decision, and he felt he had the authority to make the decision given the convention center site is run day-to-day by local workers.
“I don’t feel like I have to get permission to be the mayor of Orange County from Tallahassee,” he said, noting his staff is working with state officials on other vaccine initiatives, including giving vaccine to some people in their homes.
Read the full article. Demings is the husband of US Rep. Val Demings, who was once in the field of prospects to be Biden’s running mate.
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) March 18, 2021
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Demings’ closing note on DeSantis after a roughly 5-minute rebuttal of the governor’s justification for invalidating COVID fines: “I’m not willing to sacrifice the health and safety of our community for politics as some have clearly done.”https://t.co/c5AM30C1DM
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