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Surgeon General Rivkees Hopes For Increased Vaccine Allocation

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The Florida Channel
In this video capture from The Florida Channel, state Surgeon General Scott Rivkees speaks before the Florida Senate Select Committee on Pandemic Preparedness and Response on Jan. 14, 2021.

Rivkees told a Senate committee he’s hopeful the state will get a larger allocation due to its outsized senior population. Of the shots given so far, 60% went to people in the 65- and-over group.

Florida expects to receive another 250,000 vaccines in a week, according to Surgeon General Scott Rivkees.

The state is prioritizing vaccinations for people 65 and older, and the federal government recently revised its guidelines to do the same. In Florida, about 4.5 million people fit that category.

Rivkees spoke Thursday to the Florida Senate Select Committee on Pandemic Preparedness and Response.

Sen. Jason Pizzo (D-Miami) notes it will take several weeks to get everyone who qualifies vaccinated.

"We need nine weeks at the very least just to vaccinate 65 and over that are willing to take it," said Pizzo. "If everybody wanted to take it, it’d be 18,19 weeks."

Rivkees told the Senate committee he’s hopeful the state will get a larger allocation due to its outsized senior population. Of the shots given out so far, 60% went to people in the 65- and-over age group.

Blaise Gainey is a Multimedia Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.