Gov. Ron DeSantis has expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility throughout the state of Florida to include everyone 50 and older beginning Monday. The governor made the announcement during a news briefing in Tallahassee.
“I’m going to sign an executive order this morning, lowering the age to 50, effective Monday,” DeSantis said. “We think we’ve done pretty good this week with 60 to 64, but, but quite frankly, we think that even on current vaccine allotments that opening it up, will be good.”
DeSantis shared that he expects eligibility to be open to everyone soon.
“I think the demand has been relatively modest certainly much more modest than it was at the end of December when we were doing the 65 And plus,” Desantis shared during the news conference. “So we think that this makes sense and I think we’ll see how it goes next week, but I think we will definitely be opening it up to everybody, certainly before May 1 and, and maybe much sooner than that, so stay tuned there.”
The governor did not give a timeline for when eligibility would open to everyone.
According to the governor Florida is expected to receive an additional 42,000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson single-dose vaccine next week.
“The next two weeks after that is showing zero but I think what’s happening is I think this is a dynamic situation,” DeSantis said. It is also expected that Florida will receive 286,650 more doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 208,000 doses of Moderna, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The governor also stressed his plans to expand Florida’s vaccination efforts with retail pharmacies in the coming weeks.