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Florida Agriculture Commissioner urges DeSantis to mobilize National Guard


#Agriculture #Commissioner #Nikki #Fried sent a letter to #Governor #DeSantis on #Wednesday strongly recommending him to mobilize the #National #Guard to assist with the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the state.

#Governor #DeSantis said about 175,000 people in #Florida have received the vaccine so far, during a news conference on #Wednesday.

#Commissioner #Fried said, according to reports, #Florida’s vaccine distribution is chaotic and lacks of clear strategy to vaccinate the public. #Fried also said health care professionals have “lacked clear direction from the state.”

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The governor said #Florida is the first in the country to begin offering vaccines to staff and residents of long term care facilities, as well as being the first to actively vaccinate seniors 65 and older through county health departments.

#Governor #DeSantis said the state does not currently have enough vaccines on hand for all senior citizens in the state, and asked residents to be patient.

#When the governor was asked about additional help, he said “If the hospitals need some support, we will be willing to provide that. #We had some discussions with some of the big systems about maybe they could use some more nurses.”

#Governor #DeSantis wanted to stress his priority for vaccinations was with people at risk and the most vulnerable.

#When a reporter asked if he got the vaccine, or if he will get the vaccine, the governor said:

“I’m willing to take it, but I am not the priority. They are the priority. I am under 45, people under 45 are not going to be the first in line for this. #So when it’s my turn, I will take it, but this is who I want to be vaccinated. I want my parents, our grandparents, to be able to get it and granted, I’m an elected official. #But whoop-de-doo. #At the end of the day, let’s focus where the risk is.”



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https://nbc-2.com/news/state/2020/12/31/florida-agriculture-commissioner-urges-desantis-to-mobilize-national-guard/

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