JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The Florida Healthcare Association had expected the COVID-19 vaccine to arrive at nursing homes in northeast Florida early next week, but Governor Ron DeSantis said Thursday evening that things are going three days ahead of schedule.
In a tweet, the governor said the vaccine distribution would get under way on Friday:
I’m excited to announce that @Walgreens will begin vaccinating staff and residents at FL long-term care facilities tomorrow in Jacksonville, three days ahead of schedule. I appreciate @Walgreens for leaning on. There is no time to waste!
– Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) December 18, 2020
News4Jax is working to find out exactly which facilities should receive the vaccine first.
According to Kristen Knapp, communications director for the Florida Health Care Association, both Walgreens and CVS have around 2,000 long-term care facilities nationwide registered to receive vaccines.
The vaccinations are carried out by COVID-19 vaccination clinics, which are set up on site in each facility where a team of representatives from the Ministry of Health or the pharmacy manages the vaccination process. Residents and employees are required to fill out consent forms.
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