Tampa General Front Line Nurse Gets COVID-19 Vaccine

First Florida Citizen Receives COVID-19 Vaccine in Tampa

TAMPA, Fla. – Governor Ron DeSantis was at Tampa General Hospital on Monday to announce and witness the first COVID-19 vaccine to be administered to a Florida resident.

Vanessa Arroyo, a Front Line Nurse at Tampa General since 2012, was patient zero for the vaccine in Florida.

“Historic day for Florida and our country! Today I was proud to introduce Florida’s first patient to receive a vaccine for COVID-19, frontline nurse Vanessa Arroyo. Thanks to Vanessa, as well as the entire team @TGHCares, for your efforts to make this possible,” Governor DeSantis Said in a tweet.

Tampa General is one of the five hospitals in Florida taking part in the state’s pilot program. The hospital has three freezers that can store 510,000 doses and the vaccine needs to be stored at -80 degrees Celsius, according to the FDA.

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