Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that he will facilitate for the coronavirus to be available in Florida, but he will not make it mandatory for residents to have themselves vaccinated.
In a video update posted to YouTube, DeSantis announced the plan for distributing the potential vaccines created by Moderna and Pfizer.
DeSantis said the news about the vaccines is “heartening.” The governor noted that Florida has been preparing since July for the vaccine distribution, adding they have purchased the necessary supplies for administering the vaccine.
“Our goal is to make all safe and effective COVID vaccines available to Floridians who want them, but the state will not mandate that Floridians take these vaccines. That’s going to be the choice of each and every Floridian.”
Reports also said that pending emergency approval from the Federal Food and Drug Administration, Florida hospitals should be receiving the vaccines in three to six weeks.
Five hospitals in Florida, including Jackson Memorial in Miami-Dade and Memorial Regional in Broward, have been chosen to distribute the vaccines when they are available.