Seeking to smear Florida GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis on vaccine distribution, the mainstream media seized on a vaccination event in a wealthy community last week, while ignoring the outreach in underserved communities, according to National Review.
“We’re trying to vaccinate as many seniors as possible,” Florida emergency management director Jared Moskowitz, a Democrat, told National Review. “Does a senior who lives in a housing project who might get COVID versus a senior that lives in Century Village or The Villages, if they get COVID, they both wind up in the hospital potentially in each of their communities. And that at end of the day, we have to vaccinate everybody.”
The Florida effort did go into a wealthy community, Lakewood Ranch in Manatee County, just south of St. Petersburg, to inoculate 3,000 seniors, drawing a rebuke from Florida state Rep. Michele Rayner, D-St. Petersburg, and the attention of skeptical media, including The Tampa Times (“Well-off Manatee residents get special vaccine access, courtesy of DeSantis”) and The Washington Post.
“We saw that we needed to get more seniors in that particular county, so we worked with some of the local neighborhoods and said, ‘Where are there a lot of seniors? Where can