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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 10:45 AM

Hey Gov. DeSantis, why so cagey with COVID vaccine details? Editorial

Editorial Board, Tampa Bay Times
Sun, February 28, 2021, 5:59 AM·3 min read

Good morning, governor.

We see that you are taking flak for not having a detailed plan for rolling out more COVID-19 vaccinations. Your “no-plan is a good plan” mantra isn’t playing well in some circles, though in your defense those circles are densely populated with people who would criticize you no matter what you did. We’re on board with keeping the distribution plan simple. No need for an overly complex blueprint that will inevitably have to be ripped up every week.

But do you have to be so cagey with every scrap of information about your plan? This isn’t spycraft. Giving Floridians a basic understanding of who comes next in the vaccination queue won’t somehow give the virus a leg up, like spilling the details of the D-Day invasion. This isn’t poker where deception is paramount. Show Floridians a few of your cards. They can handle it.

We supported your idea of prioritizing frontline health care workers and seniors. As you know, older residents have suffered an overwhelming number of COVID deaths. To cut down on the initial rush, we would have started with people over 75 years old, but we get the reasoning behind your decision to begin with 65 and up. “Seniors first” is an easy strategy to understand, and in a state with 4.5 million of them it doesn’t hurt politically either. When the pandemic is in the rearview mirror, researchers may find that age shouldn’t have been the primary priority. But with the information available now, the simple approach is hard to fault.

The rollout hasn’t been perfect. In December, your vague announcements about who would get the vaccines confused some health care leaders, elected officials and regular Floridians. It doesn’t help that your communications office too often acts like a black hole, where questions go to never be answered. More recently, you criticized President Joe Biden’s idea of creating more vaccination sites, before rightly coming around to the idea. And the web-based systems for signing up for vaccination appointments have left a lot of seniors screaming for mercy. Of course, we and many others also beat you up recently for selecting two wealthy and predominantly white Manatee County ZIP codes to distribute an “extra” 3,000 vaccinations.

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Sun Feb 28, 2021, 11:02 AM

1. The contrast between how the press covers Cuomo's handling of the undercounting of COVID cases

in nursing homes, verses the sparse coverage of DeSantis handling of his COVID numbers, and vaccine preferences is striking

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