Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) continues to travel across the Sunshine State (even on Inauguration Day) , holding press conferences with Publix to promote the partnership that is spreading awareness concerning the vaccines available to Floridians during this time.
In recent weeks, the Governor has faced significant contention and pushback from Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D), who has criticized the Governor for not doing enough when it comes to providing vaccinations for Floridians. She penned a letter noting that his vaccination plan has been disastrous, but the Governor’s office has quickly countered by highlighting the needs of Floridians and how the State government is responding to the call.
As well, both DeSantis and Fried have shared words over Big Tech and the changes that have been widespread over social media. Questioning DeSantis’ claim that the First Amendment threat faced by the Parler app is his “most important legislative issue,” Fried wondered, “Floridians are suffering all across our state, and this is our governor’s priority?”
In a series of social media posts, the Governor shared information on the partnership with Public, announcing that “we want every Florida senior to have an opportunity to get a vaccine, and by partnering with Public the state is expanding access.”
We want every Florida senior to have an opportunity to get a vaccine, and by partnering with @Publix the state is expanding access. To see a full list of Publix pharmacies offering vaccinations, visit https://t.co/tUfShkCRG5. pic.twitter.com/SfRTIOjbbz
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 20, 2021
The Governor also announced that “22 Publix Pharmacies in Brevard County will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors starting this Thursday.”
Our Publix partnership continues to grow and I’m proud to announce that 22 @Publix Pharmacies in Brevard County will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors starting this Thursday. We are committed to #SeniorsFirst in Florida. pic.twitter.com/EQ2eLLmcFh
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) January 19, 2021
Affirming that he is fully “committed to #SeniorsFirst,” the news comes at a time when Florida faces skyrocketing numbers of COVID-19 cases.