Gov. Ron DeSantis said today that health care workers and residents of long-term care facilities would be the first in the state to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.
DeSantis said an estimated 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine could be available by the end of December. Because the vaccine requires two doses, that would be enough for 20 million people.
It’s unclear how many doses Florida will receive, but “I spoke with the top pharmacist at both CVS and Walgreens involved in operation Warp Speed,” he said. “They assured me that as soon as they have the vaccine in hand, they are ready to deploy to Florida’s over-4,000 long-term care facilities to begin vaccinating the residents.”