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Gov. DeSantis announces vaccination pod site in Tampa Bay

This appearance comes one day after he responded to a statement made Monday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki on the state's vaccine distributions.

TAMPA, Fla — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be making a stop to speak Wednesday in Tampa Bay. 

DeSantis spoke at the Sun City Center Community Hall and announced a vaccination site would be established at the retirement community. 

This appearance comes one day after he responded to a statement made Monday by White House press secretary Jen Psaki that Florida had administered just roughly half of its doses from the federal government.

DeSantis says the reason for that is because the state is holding those boosters in reserve. 

DeSantis has repeatedly said the state needs more doses, faster.

“They’ve only distributed about 50 percent of the vaccines that they have been given in Florida,” Psaki said. “So clearly they have a good deal of the vaccine. That supply will need to continue to increase as they are able to effectively reach people across the state.”

On Tuesday, the Biden administration announced states would get a boost in their COVID-19 vaccine supply next week. That would come out to about 307,000 doses, DeSantis later tweeted.