Seniors in Hernando County are getting access to more than 2,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine via a new vaccination site at the High Point Community in Brooksville. Announced Wednesday, Feb. 24 by Gov. Ron DeSantis, the site was in operation through Feb. 28 as part of an initiative to reach out to Seniors in residential communities and to help boost the number of seniors who receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Hernando County.
“If you look at the State in terms of vaccines of seniors, Florida is doing very well, but at the same time not every county is doing the same,” DeSantis said during a press conference at High Point. “Hernando County as of earlier this week was in the bottom five of the percentage of Seniors that have been vaccinated in the State of Florida.”
In order to boost those numbers, 2,500 doses will be delivered directly to Hernando County. Of those, two-thirds of those will be available at the High Point community and the remaining 750 vaccines will be available in conjunction with Hernando County, DeSantis said.
According to DeSantis, 50 percent of Florida’s population of 4.5 million have received COVID-19 vaccinations.
“And that will be good for Hernando County, too,” DeSantis said. “Hernando is at 31 or 33 percent and that might be acceptable for the rest of the country, we want to get those numbers up.”
There is no mandate in Florida for Seniors to be vaccinated “we want every Senior who wants (a vaccination) one to be able to get one,” DeSantis said.
In addition to the doses at High Point, Hernando County’s permanent vaccination site at the Hernando County Fairgrounds can deliver 3,000 vaccinations per week, DeSantis said.