Gov. DeSantis touts Florida’s vaccine rollout while expanding Publix program

‘We’re hundreds of thousands ahead of the next state,’ governor says

VERO BEACH, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday announced the expansion of the state’s COVID-19 vaccination effort, saying Publix supermarkets in Indian River and St. Lucie counties will be added to the list of sites offering the jabs.

DeSantis made the announcement outside a Publix in Vero Beach while touting the state’s success in distributing vaccines as quickly as possible.

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The governor said Florida is the first state in the country to report that 1 million seniors have received their first shot. DeSantis made a similar statement earlier in the week which he had to walk back because Florida had only vaccinated 840,000 seniors with their first shot.

“We’re hundreds of thousands ahead of the next state,” DeSantis said, later adding, “We are No. 1 in the U.S. for doses per capita, according to CDC data.”

In announcing the expansion of the Publix program, DeSantis said there are now 261 Publix stores offering the vaccine.

“We’re happy to announce we’re expanding the program to include eight Publix pharmacies in Indian River County and 11 Publix pharmacies in St. Lucie County,” he said.


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