Classroom teachers and sworn police officers 50 and older will soon be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis who made that announcement in Hialeah Tuesday morning.
“The vaccine has only been available to those 65 and older so far, but Florida is nearing the time to expand the eligibility, DeSantis shared.
According to the governor “tens of thousands” of the COVID-19 vaccine will soon be received from the federal government, and then distributed to four federally supported sites, Orange, Valencia College West Campus, Duval and Hillsbourough Counties, and Miami-Dade.
“Because we have these extra doses – of course, we’re going to continue to make all of those sites open for our seniors – but the federally supported sites, as long as it works out to where the doses would be allowed for this, we want that to be open not just to seniors but to sworn law enforcement and classroom teachers,” DeSantis said. “So we’ll start probably 50 and up for the police and the teachers.”
He added that his administration is polling law enforcement agencies to determine the number of police officers 50 and older who will want to get the vaccine.
Florida should receive the largest amount of COVID-19 vaccine from the federal government this week.
“So you’ve got Moderna vaccine just buried under snow in these warehouses,” shared Governor DeSantis. “Some of it came Sunday. Some of it came Monday. “It’s an unfortunate situation, but the good news is we basically have twice the Moderna that we’re going to be able to do this week.”