Statement by Commissioner Nikki Fried on Governor DeSantis’ Vaccine Comments

Feb 17, 2021

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, the Governor controversially addressed allegations of “giving special vaccine access to wealthy neighborhoods” by remarking “just tell us and we’ll make sure to give the doses to those who want it.”

In response, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, an independently-elected member of the Florida Cabinet, offered the following statement:

“There is no reason that Governor DeSantis should be rationing vaccines based on political influence. This is troubling and potentially illegal. Vaccines should be distributed to counties based on need, capacity, and science. While I am disappointed in the Governor using vaccines as a political tool, I plan on working with the Biden Administration to ensure they do not penalize Floridians for his actions and continue to ramp up vaccine distribution to all communities, so that we can get our economy and state going again.”