COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands to Floridians age 60 and older

Previously, the vaccine eligibility for Florida seniors began at age 65.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The eligibility age to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida has expanded to include those age 60 and older.

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ order will take effect at all vaccination sites on March 15.

The governor made the announcement last week which will open eligibility for about 1.5 to 2 million people.

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During an update Friday, DeSantis said he hopes to have an announcement by the end of next week that would drop the eligible age range to 55 and up.

“I think what you’ll see, hundreds of thousands of them over the next week that are gonna be eligible, will likely be able to get it.” DeSantis said.

Even though the age is lowering for who can get vaccinated, DeSantis said they will continue to provide vaccines in the rural programs, senior pods and churches.

As of Monday, you can get the vaccine in Florida if you meet at least one of the below criteria:

  • Floridians age 60 and up
  • Health care professionals
  • Long-term care patients and staff
  • Law enforcement 50 and up
  • Firefighters 50 and up
  • Teachers and school staff 50 and up
  • Persons under 65 deemed medically vulnerable by a physician (NOTE: You will need your physician to fill out a COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability form that can be found here.)