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Florida Releases Draft Of Its COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

A healthcare worker donned in scrubs and gloves inserts a swab into the nostril of an elderly man.
Taimy Alvarez
AP Photo
This Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, file photo shows National Institutes of Health-funded Moderna COVID-19 vaccine study participant William Webb getting a COVID-19 test nose swab by University of Miami Miller School of Medicine nurse Loreta Padron, in Miami. Miami is one of 89 cities around the U.S. that's testing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, is participating in a COVID-19 vaccine study, hoping to encourage others to volunteer to take part in testing.

When the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the Florida Department of Health plans to prioritize certain groups of people.

The Florida Department of Health has drafted a game plan for administering the COVID-19 vaccine. For phase one, priority will go to healthcare workers, long-term care staff and residents, first responders, law enforcement officers, and essential employees. In phase two, the Department of Health says vaccines will be more available to the public through clinics. In phase three, pharmacies can administer the vaccine. The Department will partner with agencies like homeless shelters and community-based organizations.