Gov. Ron DeSantis gets Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine
Florida – On Wednesday Florida Governor’s office confirmed that Gov. Ron DeSantis received a single-dose coronavirus vaccine.
A spokesperson for the Republican governor announced that the governor last week received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requiring only a single dose.
The spokesperson, Meredith Beatrice, acknowledged the governor’s vaccination during an interview.
DeSantis had recently said he would be vaccinated soon – but no announcement was made by his office when he received it and no journalists were on hand. Even some of his top lieutenants said they were unaware the governor had been vaccinated as they continued to urge Floridians to get inoculated against a virus that has killed nearly 34,000 people statewide. More than 2 million people in Florida have been infected.
DeSantis had not rushed to get vaccinated, saying that would wait his turn. But eligibility requirements are now nearly universal — except for children under the age of 16.
DeSantis had previously said he preferred getting a shot of the vaccine manufactured by Johnson & Johnson because it requires just single shot.
The governor is now one of more than 1.2 million Floridians who have been vaccinated. Florida earlier this week opened vaccinations to anyone over age 16 as the state attempts to reach so-called “herd immunity.”