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Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner, Gov. Ron DeSantis meet to discuss COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Kerner says governor will announce plan to distribute vaccine through Publix soon
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Posted at 8:18 PM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 23:27:38-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — At 81, there's very little that bothers Susan Green except for the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.

"How could you not have a plan?" she said. "This is no surprise that this was coming, so I'm just outraged."

Green said she's called and emailed Palm Beach County to register for vaccination.

"I have no access, as far as I can tell, anytime in the near future, and I'm old," she said. "I'm 81, I have a life and I want to get going."

Gov. Ron DeSantis was seen meeting with Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner on Tuesday afternoon. He didn't speak with the media, but Kerner did.

Kerner said the issue of 100,000 seniors waiting to get the vaccine came up.

"We hope to get to those 100,000 people that are waiting, but I feel their frustration and that's the main reason why the governor was kind enough to join me and the administrator today," he said.

Kerner said DeSantis pitched a distribution plan using Publix grocery stores to dispense the vaccine. He said the announcement of the Publix agreement will come from DeSantis shortly.

"We have confidence in the supply chains moving forward and we can double the amount of people that we can vaccinate, and that's something the governor and I and administrator talked at length about," he said.

Kerner said it may not be what people want to hear, but patience is needed in an evolving situation.

Those are hollow words for Green. Her patience has all but run out.

"I'm aging by the minute because I'm so anxious about getting this darn vaccine," she said.