DeSantis: It's Easier to Get a Vaccine Appointment Now

ZEPHYRHILLS -- Governor DeSantis is bringing another pharmacy chain into the COVID-19 vaccine mix.

In Pasco County Wednesday morning, he announced that Walgreens will begin offering doses at two locations, 12028 Majestic Boulevard in Hudson and 6429 Gall Blvd. (US 301) in Zephyrhills. The pharmacies will be able to schedule 80 appointments a day on weekdays and 60 appointments a day on weekends.

The governor says it's becoming easier to sign up for vaccines at sites of several pharmacies including Walmart and WInn-Dixie, as the percentage of seniors with shots continues to increase. "If you've been having trouble (getting on line) and haven't gotten it, it's probably going to be a little easier now."

DeSantis hopes to have the first shipment of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine -- about 175,000 doses -- by the end of the week. Some of those doses may go toward pop-up sites aimed at police, firefighters, teachers and school employees over 50 in several Florida counties.

The governor explained that in addition to hospitals, doctors may now designate individuals under 65 who need the COVID-19 vaccine due to underlying health conditions.

DeSantis was in Zephyrhills to announce two "pods" giving out doses to seniors in Pasco and Polk counties, one in Zephyrhills and one at the Four Lakes Mobile Home Park in Polk County.

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