Florida Governor Accused Of ‘Playing Politics’ With COVID-19 Vaccine

In Florida, Democrats are criticizing Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who they declare is allowing politics to contribute in COVID-19 vaccine circulation. DeSantis became testy when questioned by press reporters at a vaccination event near Lakewood Ranch, an upscale retirement community on Floridas Gulf Coast.

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At a news conference, reporters peppered DeSantis with questions about the understanding that he was preferring one neighborhood over another in a county where vaccinations have lagged behind the rest of the state. DeSantis reacted by threatening to take the states vaccination distribution effort elsewhere. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who has actually recommended she may challenge DeSantis when hes up for reelection next year, said, “There is no reason that Governor DeSantis must be rationing vaccines based on political influence. Manny Diaz, the new head of Floridas Democratic Party, stated DeSantis must stop “playing politics” with vaccine circulation.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with the media at a COVID-19 vaccination site at the Lakewood Ranch retirement home in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday.

At a news conference, press reporters peppered DeSantis with concerns about the understanding that he was preferring one neighborhood over another in a county where vaccinations have actually lagged behind the rest of the state. DeSantis responded by threatening to take the states vaccination distribution effort elsewhere.

The vaccination occasion was the most recent in a series of state-sponsored centers at retirement neighborhoods. Under DeSantis “Seniors First” initiative, the COVID-19 vaccine is being made available to everybody age 65 and over in Florida– an estimated 4.5 million individuals.

Democrats immediately sent out press release criticizing DeSantis for injecting politics into vaccine circulation. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who has actually recommended she might challenge DeSantis when hes up for reelection next year, said, “There is no factor that Governor DeSantis must be rationing vaccines based on political impact. This is unpleasant and possibly prohibited.” State Sen. Annette Taddeo said the governor owes citizens of Manatee County an apology. She said, “Veiled threats should not and can not be tolerated by any public authorities.” Manny Diaz, the new head of Floridas Democratic Party, said DeSantis should stop “playing politics” with vaccine distribution. Diaz stated, “Threatening retribution and less vaccine gain access to for neighborhoods that slam the vaccine rollout for its issues is shameful and inhumane.”.

According to the Bradenton Herald, DeSantis connected to the developer of the Lakewood Ranch community, using to utilize it as the website for a vaccination drive. Working with a county commissioner, the state reserved shots for locals of 2 ZIP codes in Manatee County that cover Lakewood Ranch and other well-to-do neighborhoods.

DeSantis said the 3,000 shots being provided for homeowners of Lakewood Ranch and neighboring neighborhoods were in addition to the countys regular vaccine allocation. Commissioners in Manatee County expressed concern that the event preferred rich neighborhoods over underserved communities.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks with the media at a COVID-19 vaccination website at the Lakewood Ranch retirement home in Bradenton, Fla., on Wednesday.