DeSantis COVID vaccine expansion targets state’s Hispanic community

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Richard Tribou, Orlando Sentinel
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Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the state has partnered with CVS statewide at 15 locations for underserved communities while also partnering in Miami-Dade County with Navarro Discount Pharmacy which caters to Hispanic consumers.

Navarro, which was acquired by CVS Health in 2014, has 31 locations in South Florida, and DeSantis said the state will also be partnered with 35 CVS Pharmacy y más locations in the county.

DeSantis made the announcement at a Navarro location in Hialeah. The company was founded in Cuba in 1940 and opened its first location in Miami’s Little Havana in the 1960s.

“This is a place people are comfortable coming,” DeSantis said. “This is something that people go to in their daily lives.”

The locations will be able to do 100 shots a day, and appointments will begin starting Wednesday at CVS.com where users can search by ZIP code to find locations close to them offering the vaccine.

CVS Regional Director Ahmed Velez said the chain looked to ramp up access to “medically underserved populations,” including its Black and Hispanic customers.

Statewide, DeSantis said the 15 CVS locations include one in Volusia, two in Polk and one in Flagler. It also includes locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Manatee, Gadsden and Escambia counties.

CVS joins Publix, Walmart and Winn-Dixie locations as pharmacies offering the vaccine either through supplies from Florida or through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.