COVID-19: Gov. DeSantis announces lower vaccine eligibility age, state senator says it should be lower

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Patience is wearing thin for people of all ages on when it’ll be their turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

This comes even after the governor’s announcement today that starting next week, those over 60 can get the vaccine.

“We are starting to see the demand soften. We anticipate hundreds to thousand of seniors to get it and, of course, starting Monday, seniors are still obviously able to do it,” DeSantis said today.

State Sen. Audrey Gibson said even with the changes, she doesn’t agree with it.

She told Action News Jax that “60 is still not low enough.”

DeSantis said the five-year difference from ages 60-65 is about 2 million people, and the demand will still be evident.

Gibson said educators, law enforcement officers and firefighters of all ages should be prioritized, not just 50 and up.

“Those who are exposed to the general public who have not been vaccinated. There’s no reason to increment those professions,” she said.

DeSantis said even though the age is lowering, they will continue to provide vaccines in the rural programs, senior pods and churches.

He said he’s hoping by next week, they can get another shipment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Action News Jax also reached out to both the offices of Clay Yarborough and Aaron Bean on their thoughts on the change, but they did not get back to us.