Florida lowering age requirement for COVID-19 vaccine to 60+
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday that Florida will lower the age requirement for coronavirus vaccine access to ages 60 and older beginning March 15.
DeSantis made the announcement during a press conference Monday afternoon from the Florida State Capitol.
DeSantis says demand for the vaccine among seniors 65+ is “softening,” saying “we think we’ve reached critical mass on senior population.”
The governor says at last report, 2.6 million seniors across Florida had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, more than 56% of the state’s senior population.
He touted even higher rates in many counties, including a 73% vaccination rate among seniors in Leon County and 65% in Gadsden County.
From the outset of vaccine distribution, DeSantis has taken a seniors first approach, deciding to prioritize the older population before opening the vaccine to other groups.
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