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250,000 new doses of COVID-19 vaccine expected next week, Gov. Ron DeSantis says

Indian River County Fairgrounds being used as vaccination site
Gov. Ron DeSantis at Indian River County Fairgrounds, Jan. 7, 2021
Posted at 1:02 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 19:49:35-05

VERO BEACH, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis said Florida is expected to receive 250,000 new doses of the COVID-19 vaccine next week.

DeSantis made the announcement Thursday during a news conference at the Indian River County Fairgrounds, which is being used as a drive-thru vaccination site for senior citizens.

The governor has repeatedly said that the vaccine should first be distributed to health-care providers, first responders and residents 65 or older.

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DeSantis said the Vero Beach location was distributing 500 vaccinations Thursday.

A day earlier, DeSantis said Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens would serve as one of the state's other vaccination sites.

"We've got some more of those that will be coming very soon throughout the state," DeSantis said.