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Gov. DeSantis will not mandate COVID vaccinations for Floridians

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the state will still NOT require anyone to get the coronavirus vaccine even though he thinks many younger people will opt out.

Gov. DeSantis says he thinks less than 50% of residents under the age 50 will choose to get coronavirus vaccine.

Also, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw says while it’s great the vaccine eligibility has been expanded to law enforcement, he has few officers on the street who are over 50. The rest are still too young to qualify.

Meanwhile, a Jacksonville teacher is thrilled she finally got her jab. The 24-year-old sixth grade teacher got her COVID vaccine shot yesterday at Jacksonville’s Gateway Mall. She was only able to get the vaccine after Governor Ron DeSantis confirmed all K-through-12 teachers, regardless of age, were eligible.

More teachers in Florida can get the COVID vaccine at Publix. The company announced yesterday it will give shots to all K-through-12 teachers and child care personnel regardless of age. CVS, Walgreens and Walmarts have made similar announcements. Those eligible can book an appointment starting at 7:00 this morning at Publix.com.

Previously, only teachers 50 and older were eligible, and another teacher tells the Times-Union she was turned away for being too young because she showed up just before DeSantis made his announcement.

Finally, some Catholics are avoiding the new Johnson and Johnson coronavirus vaccine due to claims it was developed with cells from abortions. Bishop Kevin Rhoades.

The Vatican also calls the Johnson and Johnson vaccine is “morally acceptable.”