US Department of Health: Early Vaccination of Seniors Saved Lives

“When the COVID vaccines first became available, I made it clear that we would be putting Seniors First in Florida to ensure the most vulnerable get the protection they need,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – The US Department of Health released a report confirming Governor DeSantis’ Seniors First Vaccination Policy, stating that “efforts to prioritize and vaccinate people ages 65 and older” have helped kill hundreds of thousands of new COVID-19s -Prevent infections and tens of thousands of deaths in seniors “and” directly correlate[s] Save lives. “

“When the COVID vaccines first became available, I made it clear that we would be putting Seniors First in Florida to ensure the most vulnerable get the protection they need,” said Governor Ron DeSantis.

“Following Florida’s leadership, the federal government reversed course earlier this year, from prioritizing the younger population for vaccinations to recommending that states give priority to seniors 65 and over. When I decided to put seniors first, the data clearly showed that prioritizing vaccines for seniors would save most lives. It was correct, and I am pleased that the German government continues to recognize this reality. “

The HHS study analyzed the estimated decreases in COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths among seniors in the 20 most populous states by the end of May.

At the time, only four of these states had higher vaccination rates for seniors than Florida, and the study estimates that Seniors First in Florida reduced infections among seniors by 17,000, hospital admissions by 6,700, and deaths by 2,400.

The full study can be found here.

Florida currently has the highest vaccination rate in the southeast and one of the highest vaccination rates for seniors in the country.

Over 4.5 million seniors have chosen to get vaccinated in Florida.