TAMPA, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis and First Lady Casey DeSantis hosted a roundtable regarding mental health for first responders in Tampa on Friday.
Gov. Desantis says that a portion of the money from the CARES Act will go to expanding statewide mental health services. Over $23 million will be used for services such as telehealth and counseling.
Florida is slated to receive nearly 180,000 doses of the FDA endorsed Pfizer vaccine for Coronavirus, with the first doses expected to arrive in the state within a week.
In the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine, Florida is allocated 179,400 doses. The vaccine got the green light from a U.S. government advisory panel Thursday and is expected to receive emergency authorization from the FDA at any time.
As part of the rollout, the early shipments of the vaccine will be targeted toward those high-exposure such as healthcare workers and elderly residents of long-term care facilities.
"My top priority is residents of [those] facilities because they're the most vulnerable, and the tip of the spear health care workers because they're in contact with a lot of sick patients, and then they then expose other people.," said Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday during a visit to Jacksonville.