When it comes to the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines here in the United States, there are some major tally marks in the “win” column, but not every local leader is of the belief that they are factually accurate.
Take Ron DeSantis, the Governor of Florida, who this week lashed out at the Biden Administration via his team.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki voiced “concerns” about Florida’s vaccination rates on Monday in response to a report aired on 60 Minutes Sunday.
“One of the concerns we’ve had as we’ve watched the data is that 17 percent of Florida’s population is African American, but less than seven percent of vaccinations have gone to African Americans in the state,” she said during the White House press briefing.
This is where things got heated.
“This is part of an intentionally false narrative being pushed by the partisan media and the Biden Administration should get the facts before repeating talking points from the 60 Minutes debacle,” wrote DeSantis spokeswoman Meredith Beatrice in a statement to Breitbart News.
Beatrice noted DeSantis prioritized seniors for the vaccine, “without regard to income level or zip code.”
She also pointed to other efforts by the administration to reach underserved communities including a door-knocking campaign reaching more than 200,000 homes as well as partnerships with organizations such as Souls to the Polls and AmeriCorps for outreach.
“The Governor’s administration has worked with every member of Florida’s Legislative Black Caucus and partnered with more than 230 faith-based organizations to vaccinate nearly 86,000 seniors at places of worship,” Beatrice said.
The move comes as the Biden administration announced that all adult Americans would be eligible for vaccines on April 19th, two weeks earlier than his previous deadline for such an opening.