Charlie Crist blasts Ron DeSantis’ vaccine rollout, proposes “Successful Shots” plan
Charlie Crist blasts Ron DeSantis with his own Florida vaccination proposal.

Crist DeSantis
The plan would open vaccines to all, while still maintaining priority access for seniors and vulnerable Floridians.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist unveiled a five-point plan seeking to improve Florida’s current vaccine rollout.

The initiative, coined “Successful Shots,” proposes a system counter to that currently being implemented by Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has previously received criticism from Crist and others for the state’s vaccine distribution.

Under the Governor’s current plan, an individual is eligible to receive a vaccine if they are 60 years old or older, have a doctor’s note, are a health care worker or are a school teacher, firefighter or law enforcement officer 50 years old or older.

“I have some ideas on how the Governor can reverse his vaccine missteps and prioritize lives, fairness, equity and speed,” Crist said in a news release. “The COVID vaccines are the miracle we’ve been praying for to help turn the tide against the pandemic — saving lives and getting us back to normal.”

The plan brought by Crist seeks to address site underutilization by giving all Floridians the chance to wait in the general line for a vaccine, while creating a Fast Pass line so seniors and vulnerable groups get priority access.

The initiative would prevent what Crist deems “vaccine distribution abuse” by DeSantis by reserving pop-up sites for underserved communities only. DeSantis has faced extensive scrutiny for his vaccination pop-up sites concentrated in wealthy communities.

“States should be prioritizing seniors and the most vulnerable, while doing everything they can to get shots into as many arms as quickly as possible,” Crist said. “Instead, Floridians are seeing reports of empty and underused vaccine sites, a meaningless doctor’s note requirement, and Governor DeSantis’ donor-first pop-up scandal, and they are outraged. I don’t blame them.”

Crist’s plan also calls for expanded hours and prioritizes teachers and other critical workers. The plan would also “eliminate the Governor’s meaningless doctor’s note,” the plan states.

Crist’s proposal follows a heated back-and-forth between the two since the start of vaccine distribution — all amid speculation from Crist about a potential 2022 run for Governor, a role he’s no stranger to. If the Congressman decided to run, the current Governor’s vaccination system would likely be a reoccurring topic in the race.

And Crist isn’t alone in his scrutiny.

In a letter from Florida’s 11 congressional Democrats to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, DeSantis is accused of favoritism in his implementation.

DeSantis has been clear in his defense, and rejects accusations of favoritism. “If Manatee County doesn’t like us doing this, we are totally fine doing this in counties that want it,” he said when a pop-up site launched in Lakewood Ranch serving just two wealthy zip codes.

Florida Politics reached out to the Governor’s Office for comment, but has not received a response.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


7 comments

  • Ron Ogden

    March 18, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    Every damn day with Charlie, FLAPOL? Whatted he do, sign a lease? Twenty more months of how wonderful is Charlie? Journalism is not supposed to be torture.

  • Sonja Fitch

    March 19, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Thank you Crist! Stupid Duffus Desantis does not have a clue how to plan and implement a PLAN! Duffus Desantis just walks around shooting blanks from his hip brain! Most of his blanks are just for the rich white men that give him money! Vote Democrat up and down ballot for the elections in 2022!

    • zhombre

      March 19, 2021 at 9:12 am

      Move to New York or Illinois You’ll be happier there. Yap your crap and you will fit right in with the brain dead libs.

      • James Robert Miles

        March 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm

        So, who made you the official critic on this web site? No one., you decided like all right-wing fascist BS artists what people want to read. With your authoritarian Nazi like opinion, it is you who should move to say Cuba or North Korea where I am sure that with your narrow minded opinion, that you will fit right in! Shove it!!

  • martin

    March 19, 2021 at 8:15 am

    the Dems make up imaginary complaints. Gov. D has done a great job of keeping our state open, protecting our citizens and rolling out the vaccine.
    Charlie is just another worthless career politician who hasn’t a clue.

  • Vanquished

    March 19, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Anyone with a brain knows that DeSantis is rolling out the vaccine better than pretty much anywhere in the world.

    Truly shocking that anyone would even consider printing something so outrageously false suggesting the contrary.

  • Greg Johnson

    March 19, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Charlie The Tuna Crist once again, thinks he’s still the Florida State Governor!

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