Florida expands vaccine access to teachers, first responders 50 and older

Florida could receive 175,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order expanding eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine across the state of Florida to include law enforcement officers who are 50 and older, firefighters 50 and older and K-12 school personnel 50 and older.

The governor announced the executive order during a news briefing in Tallahassee on Monday.

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The governor credited the expansion to the Emergency Use Authorization of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, which was approved by the FDA Sunday.

“We don’t know exactly how much, but tentatively, the numbers that we’re looking at for Johnson and Johnson shipment to Florida this week is 175,000 doses now that has not been confirmed yet but we hope it will be very very soon,” DeSantis said.

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Read the new executive order here.

The governor said he believes all of the people who fall into this expanded eligibility may be able to get vaccinated with the initial shipment of the J&J vaccine.


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