Updated: Mar 6
According to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Covid-19 vaccine eligibility will soon expand.
As he spoke at a press conference in Jacksonville, the governor said that he will likely open up the vaccine eligibility for different age groups sometime in March.
The governor stated that excluding any issues with the distribution of the vaccine, “you’re going to see the age lower at some time in March.”
Although he did not say how much the eligible age will lower, he did say that vaccines will be easier to get by April. DeSantis said:
“Within the next four to six weeks, you’re going to see this […] potentially really turn a corner just in terms of how ready access people have to it”
Residents of Florida age 65 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine, as are health care workers.
DeSantis also announced that Florida will open multiple new vaccine sites in an effort of vaccinating as many people as possible.
The new sites are announced to be in Miami-Dade County, as well as Edward Waters College, FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University), and Broward College.
DeSantis said the new sites will be able to vaccinate 200 people per day.
Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, who was in attendance at the press conference spoke of the improving circumstances. “Hope is alive,” he said. “People are being vaccinated, our schools are open. Thank God we live in Florida.”
Last week, the governor announced that the state has been working with the federal government to open new federally run Covid-19 vaccination sites in cities including Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, and Tampa.
The sites will open on March 3rd and will operate seven days a week for twelve hours a day, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Each site will also have a mobile clinic as is expected to be able to vaccinate roughly 500 people per day.