Governor Ron DeSantis announces distribution plan for allocation of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Gov. Ron DeSantis
Posted at 5:50 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 17:50:03-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the State of Florida’s initial distribution plan for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Florida is preparing to receive 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine next week, pending Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Doses of the Moderna vaccine will be distributed to 173 hospital locations that did not receive doses in the first allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. These hospital locations span 43 counties.

Local hospitals to receive the vaccine are Fawcett Memorial Hospital, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, Naples Community Hospital, and a select specialty hospital in Fort Myers. Find the full list here.

The state is able to distribute this vaccine to a large number of hospitals as the Moderna vaccine does not require ultra-cold storage.

Floridians are encouraged to opt-in to receive updates about the COVID-19 vaccine by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777.