- Florida has always been a tourism destination
- Now, foreigners and out-of-staters are heading to the Gunshine State for a COVID-19 vaccine vacation
Thanks to Dr. Todd Ruecker for this breaking story from Florida, the Gunshine State. Dr. Ruecker, widely recognized as the smartest subscriber to Sarkes Corner, is often confused with singer Darius Rucker, but they are not related.
Although many states are now expanding their eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine, Florida was one of the first to offer the shot to adults aged 65 and older. Editors Note: Sarkes and Chris, residents of Estero, FL, have received their first COVID-19 vaccine and are scheduled for their second shot on February 6.
“Many People Say” that the reason that Florida was the first state to give priority to Seniors who are 65 years old is yet another Political Ploy from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. You see, DUHSantis, a Donald Trump Orange Mini-Me, is up for reelection in 2022 and hopes that a Tsunami of Florida Seniors will thank him for his compassion and give him a second term.
Now, Vaccine-seekers have flocked to Florida from Canada and Argentina, as well as New York and other states. Governor DUHSantis said in a press conference that most of these visitors are in fact part-time residents, not so-called “vaccine tourists.” “If they have a residence and they’re not just kind of flying by night for a week or two, I’m totally fine with that. That’s a little bit different than somebody that’s just doing tourism and trying to come here. So we’re discouraging people to come to Florida just to get a vaccine.”
However, Florida’s Vaccination Plan DOES NOT require proof of Florida residency for someone to get vaccinated. Several instances of “outsiders” getting the Coronavirus have been cited:
A 66-year-old woman from Buenos Aires was visiting family in Miami and decided to try to get the vaccine while she was here since the vaccine is not widely available in Argentina. She went to an official vaccination site in Tampa, showed her passport as identification and proof of travel insurance, and got a vaccine.
Two Rich, Old, White Guys, New Jersey developers David and Bill Mack, circumvented the official vaccine distribution process and got their shots thanks to their connections with a Florida nursing home.
Even Canadian “snowbirds”, who canceled their trips to Florida this year due to the pandemic, are now considering rescheduling in light of DUHSantis’ vaccine rollout.
Finally, there is a Republican Civil War brewing in Florida. DUHSantis’ predecessor, and current US Senator, Rick “Tricky Ricky” Scott, has called for a federal investigation into Florida’s coronavirus vaccine distribution, citing reports that Donors to South Florida nursing homes are being offered life-saving shots ahead of the general public.
You know Tricky Ricky, former CEO of Columbia/HCA. Under The Tricksters Leadership, Columbia/HCA committed massive Medicare Fraud, and agreed to pay $1.7 billion in fines, then the largest health care fraud case in the country. But don’t worry about Tricky Ricky, he has repented, thanks to a Golden Parachute that included: a 5.1 MILLION Severance, 300 MILLION in Stock, and $950,000 per year consulting contract for 5 years. Not bad.
Rick Scott reports that an executive at West Palm Beach’s MorseLife Health System called donors and members of the assisted living facility’s board and offered them vaccinations while millions of elderly and vulnerable Floridians struggled to get access to the shots. Tricky Ricky called the details of the report “disgusting,” “immoral” and evidence of “gross mismanagement.” Scott said: “We have to do everything possible to get this vaccine out in an efficient and fair manner, and I am calling for a full Congressional investigation into reports of improper vaccine distribution”.
When DUHSantis was asked about the reports of mismanagement of the vaccine distribution, he said: “I’m not sure about that.” Of course he isn’t sure.
The Florida Civil War between Tricky Ricky Scott and DUHSantis is not new, the Vaccine distribution scandal is just the latest volley. The two Republicans clashed last year over the state’s failing unemployment system, with each pointing a finger at the other for the debacle. And, The Trickster has been critical of the way DUHSantis has handled the Coronavirus in Florida.
“Many People Say” that this Florida Civil War has erupted as both Tricky Ricky, DUHSantis, along with “Little” Marco Rubio have all expressed interest in running for President in 2024.