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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Covid-19 Executive Order for Vaccination of Vulnerable

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Issues Covid-19 Executive Order for Vaccination of Vulnerable


STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 21-47 Breaking news for Floridians in need and seeking a Covid-19 Vaccination. For the first time, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis authorized the use of vaccinations to those NOT in the previous executive order (most the elderly.) Now Floridians deemed by a physician to be 'vulnerable' can now get a recommendation for the vaccines. In addition to hospital providers, physicians licensed under chapters 458 and 459, Florida Statutes, may also vaccinate persons whom they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Advanced practice registered nurses under chapter 464, Florida Statutes, and pharmacists licensed under chapter 465, Florida Statutes, may vaccinate persons determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Such physician determinations shall include a statement that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria established by a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health.

(Amending Executive Order 20-315 - Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida's Seniors)

Full text: STATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR EXECUTIVE ORDER NUMBER 21-47

(Amending Executive Order 20-315 - Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida's Seniors)

WHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, I issued Executive Order 20-52, subsequently extended, declaring a state of emergency for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19; and WHEREAS, the State of Florida is leading the effort to distribute the vaccine to the elderly and vulnerable populations of the State; and WHEREAS, the State of Florida has successfully provided vaccines to over two million individuals over the age of65 and additional individuals. NOW, THEREFORE, I, RON DESANTIS, as Governor of Florida, by virtue of the authority vested in me by Article IV, Section l (a) of the Florida Constitution and by the Florida Emergency Management Act, as amended, and all other applicable laws, promulgate the following Executive Order:

Section 1. Effective March 3, 2021, Executive Order 20-315, as amended by Executive Order 21-46, is amended to include the following:

During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations: • Long-term care facility residents and staff; • Persons 65 years of age and older; • Health care personnel with direct patient contact; • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older; • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and • Firefighters 50 years of age and older. In addition to hospital providers, physicians licensed under chapters 458 and 459, Florida Statutes, may also vaccinate persons whom they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Advanced practice registered nurses under chapter 464, Florida Statutes, and pharmacists licensed under chapter 465, Florida Statutes, may vaccinate persons determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Such physician determinations shall include a statement that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria established by a form prescribed by the Florida Department of health. Section 2. Except as amended herein, all portions of Executive Order 21-46 are ratified and reaffirmed. March 1, 2021. How to Get Your Florida Covid-19 Vaccination Recommendation

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