TALAHASSEE, Fla. (WWSB) - Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Monday that will allow teachers, police officers and firefighters over the age of 50 to be vaccinated.
This also includes other employees at K-12 schools in the state.
The state is expected to get 175,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson vaccine soon. The governor made an announcement at a press conference in Tallahassee.
The order expands COVID-19 vaccination to include the following:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- Persons 65 years of age and older;
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
- K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
- Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
- Firefighters 50 years of age and older.
In addition to hospital providers, licensed physicians may also vaccinate persons whom they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
The governor did not take any questions at the end of his news conference, after U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-St. Petersburg, simultaneously held his own a press conference admonishing DeSantis for his distribution plan.
Crist accused the governor of pandering to his rich constituency with placing vaccine sites in more affluent neighborhoods.