Florida lowers vaccine eligibility age to 60

New eligibility age applies to all vaccine sites in the state

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida on Monday expanded its vaccine eligibility to anyone 60 or older.

Gov. Ron DeSantis recently made the announcement during a news briefing from Tallahassee.

“I’m happy to announce ... we will be lowering the age in the state of Florida to 60 plus for vaccinations,” DeSantis said. “That will apply across the board at all of the state pods, all of the pharmacies, all of the different drive-thru sites that are being operated.”

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The governor said the decision comes as the state is seeing a “softening” of demand among the 65 and older population.

“They’re (vaccine appointments) not gone in 10 minutes like they were a month and a half ago,” DeSantis said. “Sometimes the window will be open for an hour, hour 15, hour and a half. And so we think that that’s a good sign because we think that we’ve reached critical mass on the senior population .”

DeSantis said time will tell whether demand will be the same.

“I would imagine that demand will be slightly lower for 60 to 64 than it was for above 65, but we do anticipate the demand to still be pretty robust when you’re talking about this so I’m excited about that,” the governor said.

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