Gov. DeSantis expands COVID-19 vaccines at more Walgreens

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Vaccines are now more accessible for local families. Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, announced a statewide expansion for the COVID-19 vaccine at more Walgreens.

Millicent Boyington lives just 10 minutes away from the Walgreens where DeSantis made the announcement, at the corner of Baymeadows and Southside.

Going to her neighborhood Walgreens for a shot will be a breeze.

“I’m just waiting on the second one which I’m going to get here at this Walgreens,” she said.

The expansion is all part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.

“We are going to be able to expand the Walgreens footprint for COVID vaccines in the state of Florida from 12 stores currently to 97 Walgreens stores statewide,” said DeSantis.

Sixteen of those stores will be in Duval County, one in Bradford, one in Clay, and one in Nassau.

Walgreens is one of many retail pharmacies that have partnered with the federal government to offer more access to vaccines given how ubiquitous the chain is.

“It’s necessary in this area because many people have to go to the hospital to get it and sometimes the time to wait is very long but this Walgreens is very good,” said Boyington.

The expansion comes just days before the state lowers the eligibility age to 60 on Monday.

Gov. DeSantis said that’s about 1.5 million to 2 million additional Floridians that will be eligible and soon after, he’ll lower the age to 55.

“It’ll definitely be this month,” he said.

To make a vaccine appointment at Walgreens click here.

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