Florida is increasing COVID-19 vaccine doses for seniors on the state's west coast, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday morning.
DeSantis held a news conference in Venice Wednesday where he announced more doses would be allocated to counties on Florida's Gulf coast, including Manatee, Charlotte and Sarasota.
DeSantis said the counties have fallen behind other counties when it comes to vaccination rates, with about 20 to 25% of seniors in those counties vaccinated.
Leon County leads the state with about 61% of seniors receiving shots, DeSantis said. Palm Beach County was near 50%, DeSantis said.
Statewide, about 35% of Florida's 4.5 million seniors have received a shot.
DeSantis said the state is expected to receive about 325,000 vaccine doses this week, compared to 307,000 last week and 250,000 to 266,000 per week before that.