TAMPA, Florida (AP) – The pharmacy chain CVS is vaccinating teachers in Florida under the age of 50, bypassing government procurement that continues to limit coronavirus inoculations to those over that age.
The chain also began vaccinating children and preschool teachers on Wednesday, although Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has not yet opened a vaccination program for them. CVS provides inoculations in two dozen cities in the state.
CVS said it follows the Biden administration’s guidelines, published this week, which are broader for teachers than those in Florida. For teachers, Florida limits the vaccine to classroom teachers aged 50 and over who work in kindergarten until the 1
“We agreed with the updated guidelines of the Federal Retail Program by making meetings available to pre-K through 12 teachers and staff in kindergartens in all 17 states where we currently offer COVID-19 vaccines,” the company said. from Rhode Island in a declaration.
The chain is working with DeSantis to expand the availability of vaccines. Its leaders held a press conference with the governor last week when the chain announced that its Latin American-oriented subsidiaries in Miami-Dade County, discount pharmacies in Navarre and CVS y Mas would offer the vaccine.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program will prioritize all school and child care staff this month, following a directive from President Joe Biden on Tuesday. Other pharmacy chains involved in the Florida program include Publix, Walmart and Walgreens, but it was unclear whether younger teachers would start vaccinating.
The governor’s press office declined to comment on the CVS decision.