Earlier this month, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) championed a number of aspects related to the vaccine rollout that prioritized his “Seniors First” agenda. This includes the state’s partnership with companies like Publix and Wal-Mart to provide vaccines along with new reports that new cases and the number of deaths have drastically decreased. Today, the Governor released a video statement, discussing the state’s new COVID-19 vaccination guidelines while also providing additional information on locations where Floridians can receive vaccinations.
In his address, the Governor urged Floridians to pre-register at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. After registration, Floridians will be contacted with an update on when the vaccine is available in the individual’s area.
Informing that “more than 3.2 million seniors age 65 and older have received shots,” DeSantis added that “we’ve been able to expand eligibility to those age 50 and above.”
“While the Biden administration set a May 1st target date for vaccine eligibility for all adults, Florida is pleased to announce that all adults in the state age 18 and older will be eligible for the vaccine beginning Monday, April 5th,” he noted.
Beginning March 29th, “the age of eligibility for the vaccine will be reduced from 50 to 40.”
Regarding the Governor’s “Seniors First” agenda, “over 70% of the roughly 4.4 million seniors living in the state” have been vaccinated.
His goal is for all Floridians to be vaccinated by May 1st, saying earlier this month that the state will not require vaccine passports because “it’s just not fair.”