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                Megan Reeves - Health and Medicine Reporter

                Health and Medicine Reporter

                I write about policy and developments in health and medicine, and how they affect providers and patients in Tampa Bay and throughout Florida. I’ve been a Sunshine State resident since I was 4 and likely will never leave, though my favorite season is whenever it’s coldest. I’m a proud graduate of the University of Florida, where I decided I wanted to work for this newspaper and make St. Petersburg my home. I started my career covering local governments in north Pinellas County, then moved to reporting on education. Thrifting is my favorite thing to do, and I spend a lot of time working with a local cat rescue. You can often find me in my hammock at Lassing Park, or sipping earl grey at Black Crow in the Grand Central district. Want to talk about a story? Meet me there for a cup, my treat.

                1. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks to reporters in Ocala on Friday. Going forward, he said, the state will roll out vaccines according only to age.
                2. Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared at a news conference Wednesday in Crystal River, where he announced a new vaccination site and addressed a question about which Florida school employees are eligible to receive doses.
                3. Fans are seen along Tampa's Riverwalk as Tampa Bay Buccaneers players glide by during a boat parade Feb. 10 after the Bucs defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55.
                4. Con una máscara para prevenir la propagación del COVID-19, el gobernador de Florida, Ron DeSantis, observa durante una conferencia de prensa, el martes 23 de febrero de 2021, en una farmacia de descuento Navarro en Hialeah, Florida. DeSantis anunció que las personas mayores pronto podrán para recibir las vacunas COVID-19 en las farmacias de descuento Navarro y las farmacias CVS y mas en el condado de Miami-Dade. (Foto AP / Wilfredo Lee)
                5. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference in Hialeah on Tuesday. At another stop in Fort Pierce on Thursday, he said he plans to take the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine once his age group is eligible.
                6. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers questions during a news conference in January. On Thursday, he spoke to reporters in Jacksonville, saying expanded access to coronavirus vaccines is coming.
                7. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference Wednesday in Hernando County, where he again defended prioritizing seniors for vaccines and did not share specifics on who will get shots next.
                8. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is silhouetted as he speaks to the media while residents line up at a coronavirus vaccination site in the Lakewood Ranch area earlier this month.
                9. A teacher works with students at Apollo Beach Elementary in Hillsborough County while everyone wears masks. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday that teachers and law enforcement officers who are 50 and older will get access to vaccines next, but he did not go into detail.
                10. Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks the media at a coronavirus vaccination site at Lakewood Ranch Wednesday. He appeared Thursday in Pinellas Park, announcing that Pinellas County will get 8,000 additional doses to up the percentage of seniors vaccinated.
                11. Lorraine Parker, left, is the new chief nursing officer for Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Dr. Trina Espinola is the hospital's new chief medical officer.
                12. Fans watch as boats carrying Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and family members pass by during Wednesday's celebration of the team's victory in Super Bowl 55. Infectious disease experts worried the parade and other Super Bowl events will result in a spike in coronavirus cases.
                13. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor waves a flag during the Buccaneers? Super Bowl Championship boat parade in downtown on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021.
                14. Florida's rules are unclear on whether home health care workers are eligible to be vaccinated, the Home Care Association of Florida says. The group is pushing Gov. Ron DeSantis for an “explicit designation” of in-home providers as front-line health care workers.
                15. This rendering shows a new facade being planned for Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. Changes to the hospital will take place over the next month, officials said.
                16. Jeringas con moderna durante una vacunación.
                17. These syringes were loaded in January with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Pittsburgh, the same vaccine Florida is sending to 27 hospitals for distribution to extremely vulnerable patients.
                18. Debbie Vanderkuip, center, and her husband, Rick Vanderkuip, right, check in with nurse Trina Owens at the Clearwater Health Department early last month. The seniors, from Niagra Falls, Canada, were seeking appointments to receive a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Pinellas County health department's distribution plan. So far, the department has elected not to be part of a statewide online registration system launched at the end of January.
                19. Twenty-seven Florida hospitals, including four in Tampa Bay, will get 28,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine for people deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
                20. Pete Zachmann, 72, of Wimauma, receives a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination by OnSite Safe Nurse Kedra Rance at the Strawberry Festival Fairgrounds, one of the vaccination distribution sites in Hillsborough County, in Plant City on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021.
                21. Nurse Toni Martin, left, administers the first of two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to James Perivolaris, 77, of Palm Harbor, at the Clearwater Health Department earlier this month.
                22. This 2020 electron microscope image from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows virus particles which cause COVID-19 emerging from the surface of cells cultured in a lab. Viruses are constantly mutating, with coronavirus variants circulating around the globe. Florida officials are monitoring the spread of a more contagious variant that was first seen in the United Kingdom and soon could become the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S.
                23. Dr. Carlos Martinez, left, explains the vaccination process to a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in the Bronx borough of New York before administering a first dose Tuesday.