In a latest Instagram story, Argentinian tv character Yanina Latorre is seen celebrating that her mom was going to have the ability to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine whereas on trip in South Florida.
She defined to her 1.5 million followers how a good friend helped her mother – who meets the state’s 65 and older age requirement – make the appointment.
“For me, it’s unfair,” stated Omar Alvarez-Pousa, a retired South Florida resident who additionally meets the age requirement however continues to be ready to get vaccinated. “Folks popping out from different nations, on trip, are taking right here the vaccine at no cost.”
Alvarez-Pousa advised NBC 6 it’s not solely unfair, however morally improper – which is why he tipped off the NBC 6 Investigators. He hopes the eye would result in change.
“We’re taxpayers,” he stated. “We’re doing the whole lot doable right here in Florida to assist one another and on the identical time anyone out of the blue is coming right here and taking the vaccine, which is essentially the most valuable factor we’ve got proper now.”
Cindy Guntner says she is aware of of at the very least three individuals who had traveled from the Northeast to Florida to get the vaccine. The Broward resident, who’s 66 years previous, is anxiously ready her flip.
“It’s taking away from folks in our county that basically want it,” she stated. “I’m very upset about it.”
The web site for the Florida Division of Well being doesn’t record a residency requirement for the vaccine. However Miami Mayor Francis Suarez says residents ought to be the precedence.
“I believe it’s terrible that folks would come right here from out of city and soar the road, in impact, for those that are right here and wish the vaccines,” the mayor stated. “They need to wait till everybody’s been vaccinated after which are available in afterwards.”
On Thursday, Latorre documented on Instagram their journey by Onerous Rock Stadium, the place her mother was vaccinated a day earlier than the location formally opened to the general public. She shared together with her followers the emotional second her mother obtained the primary dose of the doubtless life-saving vaccine.
Moments later, she will be heard on video telling her mom, “I like you.”
The NBC 6 Investigators spoke with Latorre briefly Thursday and whereas she promised to speak after her mother’s vaccination, she didn’t reply our workforce’s calls later within the day.
NBC 6 additionally reached out to the state well being division and the governor’s workplace however didn’t instantly obtain a response. Earlier within the week, Gov. Ron DeSantis stated he doesn’t have a problem with seasonal residents getting vaccinated in Florida, however added he’s discouraging vacationers from doing the identical.