On Nov. 19, the Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis, uploaded a written statement along with a video. It was designed to answer Floridians questions regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccines.
Remarks by the Governor:
He said that it will not be compulsory to get a shot; the vaccine will be available only for those who want it. The goal is to provide the COVID-19 vaccines to those Floridians who want them. The state has no intention of mandating vaccinations. It will be a matter of choice for each Floridian, he added.
He further noted that monoclonal antibody treatments have begun in many Florida hospitals as 3,000 doses from Eli Lilly arrived in Florida in the past week. The Governor is continuously meeting with CEOs and management authorities of many health organizations and the public sector to facilitate everyone working in sync to make the vaccine available to all.
As we speak 905,000 infections of COVID-19 have been reported and around 17,900 people have lost their lives in the state. During these tough times, many hospitals have held their ground and provided as much support to the public as they could. Recently, Advent Health Orlando announced that they will be among the very first hospitals to receive the coming vaccines.
DeSantis stated Moderna and Pfizer have successfully prepared vaccinations for this deadly illness. Once the FDA approves, 15 million doses of Moderna and 25 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be available across the Nation. For each patient, 2 doses of the vaccine is required for complete vaccination.
Florida makes up 6.6 % of the US population. If the Federal Government decides to distribute vaccines by the size of the population, Florida is likely to receive around 2.7 million doses which can be used to treat around 1.3 million citizens.