- The nursing home then offered extra vaccines to board members and generous donors, including some of who were members of the Palm Beach Country Club, according to The Washington Post.
Why it matters
Per The Washington Post, the move might have violated the national immunization guidelines and state protocols. However, state officials told The Washington Post that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis did not spell out clearly what the plan is for distributing the vaccine.
- “The MorseLife episode highlights how the country’s patchwork approach to immunization against the coronavirus — leaving decisions about eligibility to state and local authorities as well as to individual providers — is creating opportunities for facilities to provide access to well-connected people while thousands of others wait in line,” the Post article stated.
Florida Rep. Omari Hardy criticized MorseLife for allegedly “selling access to this vaccine.”
- “There’s been one pandemic for the rich and entirely different pandemic for the poor.”
"State Rep. Omari Hardy (D), who represents the section of West Palm Beach that includes MorseLife, said it appeared the facility was 'selling access to this vaccine.'"— Rep. Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy) January 6, 2021
There's been one pandemic for the rich and entirely different pandemic for the poor. https://t.co/4OAvJkPlFk