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DeSantis gives update on vaccine rollout

As coronavirus cases in Florida continue to rise, Gov. Ron DeSantis outlined a plan to speed the vaccine rollout on Monday. Those trying to get the vaccine found a few problems last week while trying to obtain the virus: some waited in line for hours, others found that demand had crashed the Broward County Health Department’s website. His decision to prioritize giving the vaccine to seniors as opposed to the federal recommendations to vaccinate front-line workers resulted in images of seniors camping out in lines overnight and sleeping in lawn chairs.

In a press conference today in Pensacola, DeSantis emphasized that hospitals are “the pillar” to the strategy as the first to receive the vaccine. But the state government is making moves to have offer other vaccination points. DeSantis said a partnership with Publix will allow people to get vaccinated at pharmacy locations in the supermarket chain. He said that the state will also turn drive-through testing sites into vaccination sites and will work with houses of worship to distribute the vaccine. DeSantis also has mandated that state vaccination sites be open seven days a week.

As for demand outrunning the supply, DeSantis said that it’ll take time to meet the demand. “If you couldn’t get a reservation here [in Pensacola] today or tomorrow, there’s going to be more opportunities,” he said.

 

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.