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Vaccine eligibility age lowered

By CJ HADDAD - | Mar 31, 2021

cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com

Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced new changes to vaccination eligibility.

As of Monday, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19. Beginning next Monday, those age 18 and older will be able to receive the vaccine as well.

“We’ve been able to expand eligibility to those age 50 and above and we’ve seen additional success,” DeSantis said last Thursday. “Now because of this success, I am pleased to announce additional vaccine eligibility expansions.”

DeSantis noted that the state has vaccinated more than 70% of its 4.4 million seniors, adding, “We are ready to take this step.”

Currently, there are roughly 1,6000 pharmacies across the state that offer the COVID-19 vaccine, including Publix, CVS, Walmart and Sam’s Club and Winn Dixie.

DeSantis also announced that in the coming days, Walgreens will be expanding to more than 400 locations throughout the state to bring their total to more than 600 locations.

“We have made great progress and I look forward to continuing to work hard to make sure everyone in Florida who wants a shot, can get a shot,” DeSantis said. “No mandate, but access for all.”

Floridians are encouraged to pre-register at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. Once pre-registered, they’ll be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area.

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