The first senior citizens who are not living in long-term care facilities were vaccinated in Florida on Tuesday during a news event hosted by Gov. Ron DeSantis at UF Health in the Villages.
DeSantis did not provide a timeline for when more senior citizens will have access to the vaccine, but said it “is coming soon.”
Where things stand: So far, tens of thousands of senior citizens and frontline health workers in the state of Florida have been vaccinated against Covid-19, per DeSantis.
That includes seniors in 100 long-term care facilities in Broward and Pinellas counties and health care workers in five hospitals across the state.
DeSantis said Florida received 179,400 doses of Pfizer last week and 127,000 additional doses this week. And by the end of the day, DeSantis expected the arrival of 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine.
The Moderna vaccine — which does not require ultra-cold storage — will be distributed more widely, at 173 hospitals throughout the state, DeSantis said.
As for who will be the first in line to get the vaccine as more doses become available, DeSantis said elderly will have priority.
”In Florida we’ve got to put our parents and grandparents first,” DeSantis said. “And we are going to work like hell to be able to get all the vaccine out to the elderly who want it.”