Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday announced plans to open Covid-19 vaccine eligibility to people who are at least 18 years old, one week after criticizing a Democratic mayor for lowering the age requirement. In a video, DeSantis stated that there will be enough shots for younger residents since 70% of seniors in Florida have been immunized.
Beginning March 29, DeSantis will lower the age of vaccine eligibility to 40, and then one week later will drop it to adults 18 and older. Alaska, Arizona and Mississippi also offer shots to residents who are 16 and over. Last week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom had said the vaccine will be available to all residents in the next few weeks.
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I’m pleased to announce that beginning this Monday, March 29, all Floridians age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning the following Monday, April 5, all Floridians age 18 and older will be eligible. pic.twitter.com/gJ0HHmiINW
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 25, 2021