Senate President Wilton Simpson reveals he has COVID-19 on the same day vaccines were delivered to five Florida hospitals and Tampa General administers the first shots. Gov. Ron DeSantis supplied the play by play.
Also, on today’s Sunrise:
— Tampa General President John Couris says it’s now the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Health care workers are first on the priority list … followed by residents of nursing homes and senior centers. Most Floridians won’t be able to be vaccinated until February or March at the earliest, so the doctors say it's up to all of us to stay safe until then.
— While everyone was celebrating vaccinations, the coronavirus remained on a tear in the Sunshine State. The health Department reported 138 new fatalities Monday … increasing the statewide death toll to 20,271. There were almost 85,000 newly confirmed cases of the disease … increasing the total to 1,134,383. Nationwide, the death toll just broke 300,000.
— Florida’s presidential electors cast their ballots … and there were no surprises.
— And finally, a Florida Man golfing in Cape Coral found his ball sitting on the top of an alligator’s tail.