Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared at the Palm Beach County this morning at the Publix at Sea Plum Town Center in Jupiter to a Publix partnership with the state and its efforts to get the COVID-19 vaccine to more seniors here in South Florida.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that the COVID-19 vaccine will now be offered at Publix pharmacies throughout Palm Beach County.
“We are expanding the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County,” DeSantis announced during a news conference outside a Publix in Jupiter.
DeSantis said all 67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County will have the vaccine, as well as seven in Martin and two in Monroe counties.
The governor said that brings the total to 181 Publix pharmacies in 15 Florida counties.
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As of Monday, more than 1 million people are now vaccinated in the state of Florida.
DeSantis met with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner last week in West Palm Beach to discuss the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Florida is the first state in the nation to vaccinate more than 500,000 individuals 65 years of age or older, accounting for nearly 60% of total vaccinations in the state. Due to reporting lags, this number serves as an estimate and clearly understates the total of seniors vaccinated.
Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade counties have vaccinated the most people.
Palm Beach County health director Dr. Alina Alonso told commissioners that roughly 100,000 senior citizens have signed up to get vaccinated in the county, but Palm Beach County is only receiving around 4,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week.