Florida to open first golf cart drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination location in The Villages, governor says

THE VILLAGES, Fla. — Florida will continue to put seniors first in its COVID-19 vaccination effort, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday.

The governor said seniors will remain the priority for the vaccine due to their vulnerability to the virus.

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During a news conference in The Villages, DeSantis said he is asking for more doses of the vaccine to distribute to the general population. Thousands of those are set to be given out at the state’s first golf cart drive-thru vaccination location in The Villages.

He said 3,387 people have been vaccinated in Sumter County.

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On Tuesday, DeSantis also announced that more Publix locations are being added to the state’s pilot vaccination program. He said the new locations will be in the Panhandle.

Shannon Butler

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