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Saturday, January 16, 2021

A common trait of the counties that are part of Florida's growing COVID-19 vaccination partnership with the Publix supermarket chain is that they are all safely Republican. As of Thursday morning, 105 Publix stores were offering limited numbers of shots to people 65 and older in Bay, Citrus, Collier, Escambia, Flagler, Hernando, Marion, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, St. Johns, Volusia and Walton counties. All 12 counties were won comfortably by Republican President Donald Trump in November and by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2018.

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Thank goodness there are only 4 more days before the adults take charge.

In the meantime we have no choice but to do everything we can to protect ourselves and each other.

#1 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-16 12:33 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

That's "leadership" by DeSeditionist

#2 | Posted by hamburglar at 2021-01-16 12:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh, and btw, you can't get the shots most of the time anyway, they're out of juice most of the time.

www.publix.com

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-16 01:28 AM | Reply

CORKY

"Oh, and btw, you can't get the shots most of the time anyway, they're out of juice most of the time."

It was never meant to be anything more than a Band-Aid anyway. It was DeSantis trying to sit on the fence between doing Trump's bidding (barely) and puffing up his resume when he runs for Congress.

#4 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-16 06:09 AM | Reply

Thank goodness there are only 4 more days before the adults take charge.

DeSantis isn't going anywhere. We're stuck with him because this state is filled with idiots. Under Republican government trifectas and Republican triplexes, this state's become most famous for a certain kind of stupid - a.k.a "A Florida Man."

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2021-01-16 08:10 AM | Reply

It figures, again.

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2021-01-16 09:04 AM | Reply

YAV

DeSantis has high hopes of moving upward and onward. Granted, Trump's loss of the election put a major crimp in his immediate future but hope springs eternal when a governorship is only a stepping stone to the big time.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-16 09:39 AM | Reply

I have shopped at Publix for 50 years but I won't shop there again until this is resolved. Fortunately for me, I have a family member who works at Whole Foods which is where I will be shopping from now on.
I called Publix and they tried to tell me that Publix has no control over which counties they can offer services in which is totally baloney. Publix is a very big company with lots of clout, if they wanted to offer vaccinations here in Broward County they could make it happen.

#8 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-16 09:54 AM | Reply

"DeSantis isn't going anywhere. We're stuck with him because this state is filled with idiots."

I'm not so sure, his effectiveness in dealing with the pandemic is going to certainly be a major issue and he has been a total failure. If us Democrats nominate someone who exudes competence I think we could win. Florida wasn't always a red state, it was quite blue before the Republicans did their voter suppression techniques here and it could be again and we could have good Governors like Graham and Chiles. I worked on the phones to help Obama get elected twice, I think I am going to work to get a Democrat elected as Governor here because DeSantis is so incompetent that people are dying. He thought that he could ride Trump's tail coats into higher office but I think he is now realizing those tail coats are leading him to no political future at all.
The pandemic is the most important issue of this era and it has been so mishandled by the Republicans in charge that I can't see most of them ever being reelected. Hundreds of thousands are now dead because of them.
I'm glad Trump will be gone on Wednesday but all of his sychophantic groupies need to be gone ASAP too and that definitely includes DeSantis.
America should never tolerate any official that uses something like a pandemic politically and the Republicans like Trump and DeSantis have definitely done that.

#9 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-16 10:04 AM | Reply

I'll have 300g of turkey, 150 of smoked ham 4 Covid vaccines. What the hell is this? Why Publix?

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2021-01-16 10:32 AM | Reply

Florida is the biggest waste of real estate literally on the face of the Earth. Because there's just enough people there like Gracie to keep it that way.

#11 | Posted by bocaink at 2021-01-16 11:20 AM | Reply

the point is we WANT them to run out of doses, because that means more people are getting vaccinated. What good is it to have a surplus in storage? It needs to be in people for it to have ANY value.

What a ------ idiot.

#12 | Posted by arthurmann at 2021-01-16 02:18 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

the point is we WANT them to run out of doses, because that means more people are getting vaccinated.

Running out of doses means more people are getting them?

That's some Trumpian logic right there.

#13 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-16 02:32 PM | Reply

Wait till they find out there isn't going to be any second dose. That's is all a gimmick to make it look like DeSantis cares.

#14 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-16 02:54 PM | Reply

"That's some Trumpian/DeSantian logic right there."

FTFY

#15 | Posted by danni at 2021-01-16 03:05 PM | Reply

Moderna

According to a document the company submitted to the FDA, the Moderna vaccine can provide 80.2% protection after one dose, compared to 95.6% after the second (in people aged 18 to 65 " it's 86.4% in those over 65). As with the Pfizer vaccine, all participants in the phase three trial received two doses of the vaccine or a placebo within a single set time period " in this case, 28 days " so it's not yet known whether the immunity from a single vaccine would continue, or drop off after this stage.

www.bbc.com

Great, so no guarantees to get a second shot or that the first one will be effective for long.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-16 03:11 PM | Reply

Speaking of Moderna.

Moderna CEO says the world will have to live with Covid "forever"

www.cnbc.com

#17 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-16 03:17 PM | Reply

Danni - you will be surprised that the costs at Whole Foods is likely going to be less than Publix, the meat and seafood is better. I shop at both, but I have really shifted to buying almost everything at Whole Foods now. Publix is better when they're running BOGO or specials, but you can't plan on those.

I'll be curious what you find out with your shopping list.

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2021-01-16 03:47 PM | Reply

"Running out of doses means more people are getting them?
That's some Trumpian logic right there."

uh, dude. How are people getting them if they're in storage. Answer: they're not.

Don't be a ----. Use your head.

#19 | Posted by arthurmann at 2021-01-16 07:00 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'm actually pretty flabbergasted that you're not following what I wrote, it's 1+1 simple.

#20 | Posted by arthurmann at 2021-01-16 07:10 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Maybe I misunderstood what you wrote.

But, running out of vaccines doesn't mean more people are getting them.

It means not enough vaccines are available for everyone to get one.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-16 09:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Actually, you're both right.

More people got the vaccine than before . . . but less people than expected got them because they ran out.

#22 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-01-17 04:11 AM | Reply

This is rips fake controversy. Desantis gave a perfectly reasonable explanation . The ONLY blue counties in Florida are those in urban areas.which have hospitals, large public facilities and other infrastructure that rural counties do not have. Duval county, fir example is already vaccinating healthcare workers at 7 Hospitals and thousands of the public every day at their massive centrally located Convention Center. They don't need Publix, and providing vaccine to Publix would only scatter resources and make the process less efficient. The rural counties don't have that kind of infrastructure and need Publix. It is that simple.

#23 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-01-17 05:45 AM | Reply

"Florida wasn't always a red state, it was quite blue before the Republicans did their voter suppression techniques here"
So you are saying Florida turned blue because it has become HARDER for democrats to vote than it was in the 60's and 70's? What a crock. It is easier to vote than ever.

If you are talking about voter ID, find me one person who couldn't vote because they don't have an ID. You can't. Even the poorest, most marginalized people in our society have ID because you can't get benefits without one. I was a cop, never met a person who did not have a state ID on file, if not in their pocket.

#24 | Posted by Miranda7 at 2021-01-17 06:02 AM | Reply

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