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Gov. DeSantis says disapproval he's gotten for putting seniors first for vaccines is 'a joke'

DeSantis said there are some people who are more upset with him for vaccinating seniors than they are for other governors whose policies have killed seniors.

BROOKSVILLE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis said some of the criticism he’s gotten for vaccinating seniors first in Florida is "a joke."

While speaking Wednesday at High Point Community in Brooksville, DeSantis doubled down on his plan to make sure seniors 65 and older get the COVID-19 vaccination first.

“There are some people who are more upset with me for vaccinating seniors than they are for other governors whose policies have killed seniors. And that is a joke,” DeSantis said.

His comment received applause.

DeSantis said no other state has done as much as Florida has to make sure its senior population was able to get vaccines.

The governor also talked about more vaccines possibly heading this way as soon as next week with the Johnson & Johnson shot’s advancements. More vaccines, he said, mean more people can get them and that could include teachers and law enforcement officers who are 50 and older.

When there are enough doses available, Desantis said the next group of seniors to get their shots would be people 60 and older, then 55 and up. 

You can watch the entire press conference here. 

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