Vaccine eligibility expands to 60-plus in Florida

FEMA mobile site opens at South Econ Park in Orange County

Vaccine eligibility expands to 60-plus in Florida
Vaccine eligibility expands to 60-plus in Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. – Florida is now allowing people age 60 and up to get vaccinations for COVID-19.

Florida previously had limited shots to people 65 years old and up, frontline health care workers, law enforcement and firefighters and school employees.

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Gov. Ron DeSantis extended eligibility on Monday to those 60 and over.

A FEMA mobile site opened at South Econ Park, where workers are giving up to 500 shots per day to those who are eligible for the vaccine.

Vaccine eligibility expands to 60-plus in Florida
Vaccine eligibility expands to 60-plus in Florida

Michael Todd, 64, drove from Seminole County to South Econ Park on Monday morning to get in line for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I’m glad it’s over with. It’s something you have to take care of, and I believe everyone should do it,” Todd said.

Sohaila Tehrani, 64, also visited South Econ Park.

“That’s the piece of mind for me. I am very happy that, finally, I can be a little bit protected toward this virus,” she said. “I was waiting for today, to come here and get my vaccine and, finally, thank God, it’s my turn.”

FEMA offers vaccine at new mobile site in Orange County
FEMA offers vaccine at new mobile site in Orange County

The FEMA site will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Wednesday.

The latest Department of Health statistics show that statewide about 4,204,180 people have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

About 2,323,370 have complete their shot regiment, whether it is the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna options.

DeSantis recently said that he hopes to drop the age of those eligible for the vaccine to 55 in the next couple of weeks.

Florida has more than 21.4 million residents.


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