OCALA, Fla. – This weekend, more than half a dozen places of worship around Florida will host vaccine events, including several in the Orlando area.
The state is identifying new vaccine sites at places of worship through several partnerships in order to reach underserved communities.
Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said Florida has partnered with more than 200 churches where nearly 60,000 people have been vaccinated. The state has been working with every member of Florida’s Black Caucus to find new locations.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state is partnering with Health Hero, an organization that assesses local health care needs, to vaccinate seniors in underserved communities.
“They’re gonna look at the situation. If they want to use existing sites, they can get some of the doses to existing sites. If they want to do a pop-up site at a church or in a senior community or in a school, they can do that as well,” DeSantis said of Health Hero. “It’s really what’s the most effective to get the shots in arms.”
DeSantis credited Moskowitz’s work with the Black Caucus in the Florida House and Senate to reaching more communities with the vaccine.
“We’ve done dozens and dozens and dozens of vaccine sites at churches, predominantly African American churches, since the beginning of January. Jared Moskowitz, the director of emergency management has worked with every single member of the Legislative Black Caucus in both the House and the Senate, and in many instances, has been able to bring a site in their districts at their direction for whichever church community,” DeSantis said.