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Governor DeSantis visits Lake City
Gives vaccine update for rural counties, one dose vaccine

Governor Ron DeSantis delivered press conference in Lake City last Thursday.
-Governor Courtesy Photo

By Tami Stevenson

Governor Ron DeSantis was in Lake City last Thursday to deliver a press conference in the Southside Sports Complex at Columbia County Health Department’s vaccine site.

The governor brought 1,000 doses of a Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine with him for Columbia County residents.
Beginning Monday, March 15th, the age of eligibility to receive a vaccine was lowered to 60 years and older. DeSantis said he hopes to lower the age even further very soon.

During the press conference, DeSantis said the J & J vaccine has less deaths associated with it, although it may not be quite as effective as the two-part vaccines, many would rather take their chances with the J & J.

He said they have a massive population of seniors in Florida but have vaccinated approximately 60 percent statewide with those percentages expected to rise by this week.

“We did do seniors first for a reason and I think that strategy has paid off.”

He commended some of the North Florida counties that have really done well in distributing the vaccine. He said in St. Johns County - 70 percent of seniors have gotten vaccinated. Wakulla - 76 percent, Nassau - 74 percent, Leon - 74 percent, Santa Rosa - 69 percent, Alachua - 69 percent, Gadsden - 66 percent, Franklin - 67 percent and Okaloosa was at 56 percent.

“We’re not going to have 100 percent interest in it. There’s some that don’t want the vaccine and that’s totally fine,” said DeSantis. “There’s not going to be any mandates on vaccines.”

In Columbia County, there is one Publix Pharmacy and one Walmart that are offering the vaccine. To schedule an appointment for Publix, visit To schedule a vaccine at Walmart, visit