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Allison Ross - State Accountability Reporter

State Accountability Reporter

My role as state accountability reporter means I get to look at what is and isn’t working in the Sunshine State and how that impacts the people who live in it. What happens here affects me and my family, so I won’t pull punches when I see a problem. If you’ve got a story to tell or an idea to share, I’m here to listen. I’m not a native Floridian, but this is my second stint living in this state. I used to work in South Florida at the Palm Beach Post and later at Bankrate. Before joining the Times in 2019, I spent time in Louisville, Kentucky, where I covered education and was part of the investigative unit at the Courier Journal. Reach out to me sometime; I’m always looking for tips.

  1. People enter a tent at the federally-run vaccination site at the Tampa Greyhound Track on April 5, the first day the vaccine eligibility age dropped to 16 and up.
  2. A sign informed motorists that the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine was not available Tuesday at the federal vaccination site at Tampa Greyhound Track. Officials paused administration of the vaccine after reports that six women who received the drug had experienced blood clots.
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    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  4. Maggie, de 5 meses, y Carole Covey,en  Tampa Greyhound Track en Tampa.
  5. Site mascot, Maggie, a 5-month-old black lab belonging to incident commander Carole Covey, is pictured at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday in Tampa.
  6. Tyler Rorah, 18, of Brooksville, receives a Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine shot from LPN Sonia Woods, right, while receiving his CDC (issued) Covid 10 Vaccination Card during his vaccination appointment on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Saint Leo University, which is serving as the host for the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution for East Pasco County.

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  7. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attends a press conference on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Palm Harbor University High School.
  8. Coronavirus vaccines are more available than ever, but doses can still be hard to find. Scroll down for a roadmap.
  9. Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room recently at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. Florida officials announced Friday that 9,000 vaccine doses would be made available to people with HIV.
  10. A worker places cones along the parking lot at a FEMA-run vaccine distribution site at Tampa Greyhound Track earlier this month.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis looks on during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021.
  14. United States Air Force service members are pictured in front of a large white tent at the site of a FEMA-run vaccine distribution site opening on Wednesday, at Tampa Greyhound Track, Tuesday, March 2, 2021 in Tampa.
  15. A Publix Super Markets store located along U.S. 19 in Tarpon Springs.
  16. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
  17. An EMS member speaks with a driver as they wait to exit after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at state vaccination site located at Raymond James Stadium Monday, March 1, 2021 in Tampa. This site replaces the former vaccine location at University Mall.
  18. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is silhouetted as he speaks to the media while residents line up a coronavirus vaccination site at Lakewood Ranch Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Bradenton.
  19. Motorists wait in line to enter the COVID-19 vaccination site Feb. 11 at the University Mall parking garage in Tampa. The state Division of Emergency Management confirmed it is working to relocate the site to a location near Raymond James Stadium.
  20. The Tampa Greyhound Track will be one of four federal vaccination sites in Florida, officials announced Friday.
  21. 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.
  22. Francisco Nara with Cowan Landscaping clears snow from a sidewalk on 21st Street near Xanthus Ave., Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla.
  23. Motorists wait in line to enter a COVID-19 vaccination site at the University Mall parking garage in Tampa on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. The traffic was backed up for at least one mile onto Fowler Street.