Florida expanding homebound senior COVID-19 vaccination program to WWII, Korean War vets

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that the state’s pilot program to vaccinate homebound seniors is expanding to include World War II and Korean War veterans unable to travel to receive the vaccine.

The state’s program has previously targeted homebound Holocaust and Bay of Pigs veterans.

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World War II and Korean War veterans are now able to fill out a form on the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 850-487-1533, extension 2.

DeSantis said the first veteran, a 94-year-old captain, was vaccinated in Port Charlotte on Thursday.

“They put their lives on the line for our country and we need to be there for them, and if that means devote these resources on an expeditionary basis, we’re going to do that,” DeSantis said.

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Click here for more information about the pilot program.

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.