vaccinations

DeSantis, 2 top-elected Cabinet members got their COVID shots but oppose Biden vaccine mandates

BY: and - September 13, 2021

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Attorney General Ashley Moody, and Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis have been vaccinated against COVID-19,  yet duringa morning press conference Monday, three of the four top politicians in Florida railed against President Joe Biden’s push for federal vaccine mandates. “We’re here today to make it very clear that we are going […]

DeSantis to Biden: “If you are trying to lock people down, I am standing in your way”

BY: - August 4, 2021

In a war of words between the president and some state governors, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday blasted President Joe Biden over the COVID-19 crisis. “Why don’t you do your job? Why don’t you get this border secure, and until you do that, I don’t want to hear a blip about COVID from you,” […]

How many residents have been vaccinated in FL? It’s hard to tell and stats differ between FL and the CDC

BY: - July 26, 2021

In a small county in North Florida called Union, 43 percent of residents aged 12 and older have been vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health. But data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show the figure as 25.8 percent, based on residents 12 and older. Likewise, 68 percent of residents […]

CDC data: Rising COVID cases in FL top almost every state, even as vaccinations continue

BY: - July 12, 2021

While states such as Missouri have been in the news over a surge of COVID-19 cases, Florida too is seeing a spike in cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The newest key indicators from the CDC show that Florida has the highest number of new COVID cases, 5,790, in the […]

Delta variant Q&A: How the rapidly spreading coronavirus variant might change your behavior

BY: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too. The delta variant is a mutant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Early estimates suggest the […]

COVID-19 vaccine rates are lowest among pregnant women from minority groups, CDC says

BY: - June 15, 2021

Black and Latina women who are pregnant have been getting vaccines against COVID-19 at a lower rate compared with other ethnic and racial groups in Florida and across the country, according to a new report released Tuesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the report, federal health officials warned that pregnant […]

FL is still below national averages for residents fully vaccinated, plus people getting just one of the vaccine shots

BY: - May 26, 2021

With the month of May almost over, 37.8 percent of Florida residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, slightly lower than the national average of 39.5 percent, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That means residents have gotten both shots — Pfizer or Moderna — and the one-dose Johnson […]

Biden calls for paid time off for vaccinations as U.S. hits 200 million goal

BY: - April 21, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal and state officials now face trying to reach Americans unable or unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine, after meeting President Joe Biden’s goal of administering 200 million doses within his first 100 days in office. To aid in that push, Biden on Wednesday called on employers to give their workers time off […]

On the vaccination front: FL lags behind most states in getting shots in the arm

BY: - April 19, 2021

Two weeks after Florida opened the door to allow vaccines for residents 16 and older, CDC data show that the state has a ways to go in boosting the number of residents vaccinated. Florida has vaccinated 5.2 million residents, a number that looks high but percentage wise, is relatively low, with 24.3 percent of residents […]

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Ag Commissioner Nikki Fried blasts GOP lawmaker for probe into teleworking at state agencies

BY: - March 11, 2021

Following a top state lawmaker’s memo inquiring about teleworking arrangements at state agencies, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried defended her agency’s decision to allow more state employees to work from home during the pandemic. State Rep. Jay Trumbull, a Republican representing part of Bay County in the Panhandle and the Appropriations chairman in the Florida House, […]

Top FL Democrats ask feds to look into ‘potential wrongdoing’ related to vaccines and donations to DeSantis

BY: - March 4, 2021

Top Florida Democrats on Thursday called on two federal agencies to look into reports that question whether select vaccines for wealthy residents were related to campaign donations to Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis denies any wrongdoing. Florida’s Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, a Democrat and an attorney, called on the FBI to look into the reports. State […]

Publix boycott? Twitter crowd irked over supermarket heiress’ $300,000 donation for Jan. 6 rally prior to riot

BY: - January 31, 2021

Longtime grocery shoppers and other critics on Twitter are responding to #BOYCOTTPUBLIX, saying they’re ditching Publix following a Wall Street Journal report about who largely funded a rally Jan. 6 prior to the riot at the U.S. Capitol. At least five people died. The WSJ reported that the Florida-based Publix chain heiress Julie Jenkins Fancelli […]