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DeSantis: Florida to convert state’s COVID testing sites into vaccination centers

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center...
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at Orlando Regional Medical Center Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)(WILX)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 12:41 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida’s governor announced Monday that he is planning to convert many of the state’s COVID testing sites into vaccination centers starting this week.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced four major changes at a press conference near Orlando.

In addition to directing the Department of Emergency Management and the Department of Health to open state drive-thru vaccination sites, the governor announced he has okayed the hiring of as many as 1,000 additional nurses to help administer vaccines and he wants all state-run vaccination centers to be open seven days a week.

The governor also announced the state will be deploying additional response teams to nursing homes and long term care facilities statewide to pick up the pace of vaccinations among seniors.

“2020 was not the best year,” DeSantis says.

He says the COVID vaccine is giving a lot of people hope that 2021 “will be brighter.”

You can watch the full press conference, which aired live on the WCTV Facebook page, below.

Gov. DeSantis press conference 1/4/2021

LIVE: Gov. Ron DeSantis is holding a press conference at the Orlando Health Hospital in Seminole County.

Posted by WCTV.tv on Monday, January 4, 2021

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