A popular television host is under fire for traveling from Mexico to Florida to receive the coveted COVID-19 vaccine.
While supplies of the two available COVID vaccines are increasing, there aren’t nearly enough doses available yet for every one of Florida’s roughly 21 million people.
— Juan José Origel (@Pepillo_Origel) January 24, 2021
Juan José Origel, who’s famous for hosting Mexican daytime shows such as “Ventaneando,” “Hoy” and “La Oreja,” posted a photo on Twitter Saturday showing him getting a shot on his right arm as he’s sitting inside a car.
“Already vaccinated!! Thanks #usa what a shame my country couldn’t grant me that security!!!” Origel wrote.
It’s unclear how he made the vaccine appointment.
The Florida Department of Health is closely monitoring the number of vaccinations and posting the information daily on its website.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has said it’s permissible for people who own second homes in the state to get vaccinated but discouraged tourists from doing so.
“If they have a residence and they’re not just kind of flying by night for a week or two, I’m totally fine with that,” he said, according to the Journal. “That’s a little bit different than somebody that’s just doing tourism and trying to come here. So we’re discouraging people to come to Florida just to get a vaccine.”
The Florida Department of Health made clear that it will investigate any reported misuse of the COVID-19 vaccines.
“It is absolutely not permitted for someone to come into Florida for one day to receive the vaccine and leave the next,” health department spokesman Jason Mahon told the newspaper. “We ask that all suspected incidents be reported to the appropriate county health department immediately.”