Acting on the orders of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida’s Division of Emergency Management will host a “pop-up” vaccination spot at Lakewood Ranch for Manatee County residents.
The vaccines, however, would be limited to people living in only two zip codes; 34202 and 34211. What do those two zip codes have in common? They are both very rich and very white.
Manatee County Commissioner Misty Servia, a Republican, criticized the selection of these two areas at a Board of County Commissioners work session.
“You’re taking the Whitest demographic, the richest demographic in Manatee County and putting them ahead of everyone else,” Servia said. “The optics are bad… very bad. I’m really disappointed,” she added.
Commissioner Reggie Bellamy, a Democrat, also noted that he’s been “fighting like hell to show people that the vaccine lottery is equal and we cannot compromise the system.”
“And now all of a sudden someone is telling me that we were able to go in and pull names out, pull a certain demographic out and say, ‘These are the people that we’re going to serve,'” he added.
This is not the first racist move that Desantis has made. Late last year the governor said he was contemplating a law that would give citizens the right to shoot Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors.