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DeSantis announces new vaccination sites opening for seniors at predominately African-American churches

7 new vaccination sites opening for seniors, including Tampa
Posted at 12:12 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 18:09:21-05

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke at the Lynn Haven Senior Center in Lynn Haven, Florida, Sunday morning. He talked about making coronavirus vaccines available to more seniors.

Following his comments, healthcare workers began administering the vaccine to the first of about 500 seniors that would be vaccinated at that site today.


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"This is important. This is one site that's going to be replicated throughout the state in a number of different areas. But we really believe making sure these vaccines are getting into all segments of communities is important. And we think working with our houses of worship is one way that you can do that," Gov. DeSantis said.

Seven sites, many of them working in conjunction with predominately African-American churches, will begin vaccinating seniors on Sunday.

The sites are located in Tampa, Lynn Haven, Tallahassee, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Port St. Lucie and Jacksonville.

"Our priority is to provide vaccinations for 65 and up, our senior citizens. We're putting seniors first," DeSantis said. "We're going to keep working hard until every senior who wants it is able to get it. Hopefully, we're scheduled to get about 250,000 additional vaccine shots, first doses, next week. I would like to get more. I've asked if we could potentially get more."