DeSantis signs executive order allowing teachers, first responders over 50 to be vaccinated

DeSantis signs executive order allowing teachers, first responders over 50 to be vaccinated
DeSantis says he will sign an executive order expanding vaccine distribution to 50+ teachers and first resonders. (Source: WWSB)

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.

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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.

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