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DeSantis to roll out statewide vaccine registration system

Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. First responders and people over 65 years-old began receiving the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday during a trial run of the site which will open to seniors at a later date. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says a website, similar to what Publix provides, will allow everyone to register for a COVID vaccine at any state-run vaccination site.
DeSantis says he hopes the online pilot program system will be accessible by the end of the week.

“Some of the areas are using it now, it’s going to be expanded by the end of the week and then we do have the phone reservations going on as well,” said Gov. DeSantis.

Some local mayors and Palm Beach county commissioners, who invited Publix to help with vaccinations, are now not happy with the way it’s being handled citing inequity in the rural communities.

“People are in tears unable to get through,” said Gov. DeSantis about the frustration with the vaccine sign-up process.

We’ve seen websites crash, phone lines jam. While the governor says the problem is simply high demand, seniors believe it’s also the confusing and unpredictable sign-up process.

Every county, hospital, and provider has different rules leading many Floridians to wonder when the state will launch a statewide registration system that could bring order to the sign-up process.

Plus, thousands of Floridians will soon receive their booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine, which will quickly drain the 1.3 million doses the state has in storage, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday.

“You’re going to start to see [50,000 to] 60,000 second doses a day very soon, and that’s very important,” DeSantis said at the Sun City Center Community Hall, the site of a new “pod” site expected to vaccinate 1,000 people a day for five days. A similar site is set to open in the Solivita senior community in Osceola County on Thursday.