Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announces all adults can get COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 5


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UPDATE: The state announced that it would also vaccinate 16 and 17-year-olds when the vaccine became available to all adult Floridians. According to the Tampa Bay Times, teens with parental permission will be given the Pfizer vaccine, the only one of the three shots circulating in the US to be approved for use by people under the age of 18.

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Florida is quickly moving toward wide-open COVID-19 vaccination requirements. Governor Ron DeSantis shared on Twitter than anyone 40 and older would be eligible for the vaccine on March 29. He added that the vaccine would be available to all adults the following Monday, April 5.

Orange County preempted the state and lowered their vaccination requirements to 40 earlier this month. This led to cross words from the governor when he lowered the statewide age to 50. However, it looks like DeSantis has seen the light on opening up requirements and will go well beyond any county-level orders issued so far. There are a number of state and county-run vaccination hubs available, including a new one at the South Trail Branch Library.


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