Florida surgeon general: Fully-vaccinated people shouldn’t be told to wear masks, avoid social gatherings


TAMPA (WFLA) – Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees on Thursday rescinded previous public health advisories related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a three-page advisory on behalf of the Florida Department of Health, Rivkees said due to the widespread availability of vaccines, fully-vaccinated people should no longer be advised to wear masks or avoid crowds, and government officers should be conducting in-person operations to “better serve Floridians.”

The surgeon general added government offices should be conducting business in-person again and offering face-to-face services.

The surgeon general also stated that Florida residency will no longer be a requirement for vaccination in the state. He said any person currently in Florida who meets FDA guidelines will be eligible to get vaccinated “to ensure no COVID-19 vaccines are wasted.”

As of Thursday, 8.7 million Floridians had gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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