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Surgeon General Rivkees Hopes For Increased Vaccine Allocation

Two gloved hands are seen giving a shot in an arm.
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Four states and one city will participate in a federal pilot program of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Florida expects to receive another 250-thousand vaccines in a week. That’s 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. Sen. Jason Pizzo (D-Miami) notes it will take several weeks to get everyone who qualifies vaccinated.

"We need 9 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 a Senate Committee Thursday 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.