Vaccine clinic in 'whitest and richest' Lakewood Ranch sets off fury in Manatee County

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A special state program to vaccinate certain residents in Manatee County is coming under fire by critics on the county commission who say it smacks of racism and classism.

It started when Lakewood Ranch developer Rex Jenson said that last week, he got a call from Gov. DeSantis. He says the governor asked him to identify two communities to get 3,000 doses of vaccine for a state clinic.

Jensen said he called county commission chair Vanessa Baugh, who helped choose ZIP codes 34211 and 34202, which are just east of I-75 and straddle Myakka City Road.

It's also where her district is.

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