Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is accused of having some bad optics after he focused on two particular zip codes getting the coronavirus vaccine.

Many people were happy to get the call so they could get their shot, but some others were not so thrilled about the optics of it.

The reason is because the two zip codes are allegedly mostly white people. However, DeSantis defended this by stating that these two areas had a higher concentration of people who were elderly, therefore making the shots available to some of the most vulnerable people.

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As stated on CBS News:

"We were very fortunate, we got the call, we came right down," one woman told CBS News' Jim Axelrod.
It was more than good fortune. Those who received the call all lived in two specific zip codes. Their doses came through a deal struck by Florida's Republican Governor Ron DeSantis and the CEO of Lakewood Ranch's parent company, owned by major Republican donors.

Some people were happy. Some were not, as you see here:

Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia said in a county meeting that the deal bypassed county protocol, allowing a select group of residents to go the front of the vaccine line.

"So rather than this randomized pool where everybody gets a fair shake, these two zip codes were going to receive preferential treatment," she said.

At a county meeting, Servia, who is also a Republican, told the room that the optics are horrible.

The zip codes are two of the county's wealthiest and whitest, and they're in the bottom half of COVID-19 rates countywide.

"It's just wrong. I mean, that's the bottom line," said Patrick Carnegie said, who runs MCR Health, the region's largest primary care provider, which has been assisting in administrating COVID-19 vaccines.

"We want to make sure that the process is done fair, and it's done, you know, equitably across the board," he said.

According to Florida state guidance, long-term care facility residents and staff, healthcare workers in direct contact with COVID-19 patients, including paramedics and EMS, and people age 65 and older are eligible to get vaccinated.

DeSantis defends his decisions:

DeSantis said on Wednesday he was trying to get the vaccine to a high concentration of seniors. But in a county full of seniors, he never explained why the doses were limited to just this group. He threatened to take the shots elsewhere.

"If Manatee County doesn't like us doing this, then we are totally fine with putting this in counties that want it. We're totally happy to do that," DeSantis said.

DeSantis was criticized for using the supermarket, Publix, as the sole distributor of the vaccines in some locations. Publix had donated $100,000 to a DeSantis reelection PAC.
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