DeSantis: Florida lowering age requirement for COVID-19 vaccine to 60 and older

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Florida will lower the age requirement for coronavirus...
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Florida will lower the age requirement for coronavirus vaccine access.(AP)
Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 2:51 PM EST
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCJB) - Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Florida will lower the age requirement for coronavirus vaccine access.

“That will apply across the board at all of the state pods, all of the pharmacies, all of the different drive-thru sites that are being operated,” DeSantis said. “If you’re 60 plus, you will be able to get sign up and be able to get the vaccine.”

According to the Florida governor, the age eligibility will be reduced to 60 and older beginning on March 15; he made the announcement during his press conference in the State Capitol.

“We think we’ve reached critical mass on senior population,” said DeSantis, who said he has seen demand “softening” among the senior population.

“The pharmacies have their windows to sign up. They’re not gone in ten minutes like they were a month and a half ago,” DeSantis said. “We think that’s a good sign.”

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The governor says at last report, 2.6 million seniors across Florida had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, more than 56% of the state’s senior population.

With this latest order, Floridians eligible to get a coronavirus vaccine under state policy are: long-term care facility residents and staff, people aged 60 and older, frontline health care workers, and law enforcement officers, K-12 school personnel, and firefighters aged 50 or older.

DeSantis adds he hopes the increased supply will help individuals obtain vaccine appointments at grocery chain pharmacies.

“Hopefully by next week we’ll get another shipment of the Johnson & Johnson, and I anticipate what we just got will be gone, probably within the next few days,” DeSantis said. “It seems to be pretty popular.”

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried was again critical on Monday of how the Governor is rolling out vaccines, saying he has no plan what so ever.

On Thursday, Fried called for an FBI investigation into whether the Governor is favoring some Floridians over other less wealthy people in exchange for campaign contributions.

Fried said she has been having a two way discussion with the FBI, but will say little more about the exchange.

“So we know there is something going on here that is just not kosher,” Fried said during his presser. “So that’s why we’ve asked for an independent investigation by the FBI. That’s what they do is going into corruption, especially corruption.”

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Fried did not deny or confirm if the FBI will open an investigation based on her complaint.

“We can’t go into specifics because we are still in communications with the FBI.”

The Governor has denied any pay-to-play in vaccine disbursement.

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