Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner Says CBS News Got It Wrong. Claims State Help Made Palm Beach County Vaccine Rollout Effective.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Palm Beach County Mayor David Kerner is calling out the CBS News Magazine “60 Minutes” for its reporting Sunday night about vaccine rollout in Florida. The report took Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to task, suggesting that he favored communities of wealth and donors — like Publix — at the expense of under-represented communities like Belle Glade.
We are linking to the 60 Minutes report, below.
Kerner, in his statement, thanks Governor DeSantis for his “support.” There was no mention in the report, or in Kerner’s statement, about how Kings Point in Delray Beach was selected for a massive COVID-19 vaccine rollout while other communities waited. Kerner also did not address the major, systemic failure experienced by the Palm Beach County Division of the Florida Department of Health.
Kerner, an elected Palm Beach County Commissioner who serves as the honorary Mayor. He is a Democrat. Gov. Ron DeSantis is a Republican.
Here is Kerner’s statement:
“I watched the 60 Minutes segment on Palm Beach County last night and feel compelled to issue this statement. The reporting was not just based on bad information – it was intentionally false. I know this because I offered to provide my insight into Palm Beach County’s vaccination efforts and 60 Minutes declined. They know that the Governor came to Palm Beach County and met with me and the County Administrator and we asked to expand the state’s partnership with Publix to Palm Beach County. We also discussed our own local plans to expand mass vaccinations centers throughout the county, which the Governor has been incredibly supportive. We asked and he delivered. They had that information, and they left it out because it kneecaps their narrative.
We have confronted this pandemic for over a year. Our residents, like all Americans, are tired. And the media is making it worse. They are hellbent on dividing us for cheap views and clicks. 60 Minutes should be ashamed. I thank the Governor for supporting the residents of Palm Beach County.
Because of his efforts, working in coordination with Palm Beach County officials, over 275,000 seniors in our county-which is over 75% of the total senior population- have been vaccinated. I am proud of how our county and state leadership have executed on this important mission, and the results speak for themselves.”
Watch the 60 Minutes report here.
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