Florida’s divide on COVID-19 vaccinations and boosters: Backroom Briefing

Don’t expect federal approval of updated COVID-19 vaccines to reshape political views about “jabs,” as Gov. Ron DeSantis likes to call them.
COVID-19 pandemic vaccine

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo take aim at the new COVID-19 booster, which health experts say will save lives

Gov. Ron DeSantis' administration recommended that people under age 65 not receive newly approved COVID-19 booster shots.
Florida House of Representatives

Sentencing of former Florida Rep. Joe Harding (R-Ocala) is postponed due to courtroom damage from Hurricane Idalia

A sentencing hearing for former state Rep. Joe Harding, R-Ocala, has been called off because the federal courthouse will be closed.

Court rejects UCF COVID-19 shutdown lawsuits

An appeals court rejected lawsuits alleging the University of Central Florida should refund money to students because of a COVID-19 campus shutdown.

Florida COVID-19 deaths approach 90,000

Florida's Department of Health reported 89,905 deaths as of Thursday, up from 89,565 reported as of Aug. 3.
university of south florida

Class action approved for students trying to get fees back from USF after COVID-19 shutdown

A judge has certified a class action in a lawsuit on whether the University of South Florida should return student fees after the COVID-19 campus shutdown.
Joseph Ladapo

Florida surgeon general, known for spreading vaccine misinformation, praises state’s COVID-19 response

Florida’s Public Health Integrity Committee met today to discuss responses during the COVID-19 pandemic on the federal and state levels.
medical worker

Nearly one million Floridians could lose their health insurance; here are their options

About 900,000 Floridians are at risk of losing their health insurance through Medicaid. Here are their options.
Joseph Ladapo

GOP lawmakers confirm Florida’s controversial Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ reappointment of Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo was confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate over objections from Democrats.
Turlington Building - Headquarters of the Florida Department of Education

State targets Leon County Superintendent of Schools; Rocky Hanna calls it a “sad day for democracy in Florida”

Leon County Superintendent of Schools Rocky Hanna is pushing back against an effort by state education officials to punish him.
Medicaid expansion sign

Medicaid enrollment in Florida to drop after a pandemic surge

Medicaid enrollment soared during the first 3years of the COVID-19 pandemic, but more than 1 million Floridians likely will drop off in 2023.
Joseph Ladapo

The University of Florida says there is no ‘standing’ to review Joseph Ladapo’s guidance on COVID-19

A University of Florida official said Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo's COVID-19 vaccination guidance is outside the scope of his work with UF.

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