June 19

State moving to expand vaccinations for 50-and-older teachers and sworn law…

first_img Four new Florida mass-vaccination sites will be opening within the next two weeks, in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and TampaBy Danielle J. Brown, Florida PhoenixGovernor Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he wants to allow teachers and sworn law enforcement officers to be vaccinated soon as part of federally-supported COVID vaccination sites in major urban areas.“We’ll start probably 50 and up for the police and classroom teachers,” DeSantis at a news conference in Miami-Dade County.The effort comes as DeSantis pursues an expansion beyond the 65 and older group that has been a top priority for seniors. (Some educators are 65 and older and can already get the shots.)However, many teachers have been begging to get the shots while teaching through the ongoing COVID pandemic.The statewide Florida Education Association has been advocating for vaccines for teachers for some time now.At least 30 states as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have allowed some or all teachers to get vaccinated, according to Education Week, but not Florida.The federally-supported program for vaccinations that would involve teachers and law enforcement would be on sites in four large population counties: Duval, Hillsborough, Orange, and Miami-Dade.The Biden administration recently sought to increase doses going to states, as well as set up mass-vaccination centers across the country.Five new sites will be opening within the next two weeks — one in Pennsylvania, at the Philadelphia Convention Center, and four across Florida, in Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa.Those appear to be the sites mentioned by DeSantis on Tuesday. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSCOVID-19floridaGov. Ron DeSantisTeachersVaccinations Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleApopka Area Chamber sets Legislative Agenda for 2021 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Teacher in her classroom. Photo by Dave Einsel/Getty Images Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Please enter your comment!center_img The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more