As 2020 comes to a close the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread throughout not just the United States, but also the world.

News of approvals of two different vaccines have shown a potential light at the end of the tunnel however as the vaccines are being distributed around the country, including here in Florida.

Earlier this week Florida governor Ron DeSantis stated that residents over the age of 65 would be the next priority group to receive the doses of the vaccines.

Bucs head coach turned 68 last October and as a cancer survivor he is considered high risk for complications should be contract COVID-19. Arians told the media that he is eager to take the vaccine as soon as he has an opportunity.

“Oh yeah, I’m very eager. I want (Bucs assistant) Tom Moore to get it first, he’s 82,” Arians said. “I can’t wait to have a chance to possibly get vaccinated.”

According to DeSantis, Arians could have that chance very soon.

“For us in Florida, we’re making clear the executive order… is to vaccinate people 65 and up,” Gov. DeSantis told reporters on Wednesday from Pensacola.

According to reports, the executive order requires vaccine providers in the first phase to administer vaccines to long-term care facility residents and staffers; those 65 and older; and health care staffers with direct contact with patients.

The state of Florida has had over 1.2 million confirmed positive cases of the virus since the outbreak began earlier this year, and according to the latest state data, 20,873 deaths as of Thursday. So far over 68,000 Florida residents have received the COVID vaccine.

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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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scubog (@scubog)
11 months ago

All of us Baby Boomers remember when the two separate polio vaccines were discovered and we all lined up to take them. Now polio is a thing of the past.