Governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida would open eligibility for the COVID vaccine to everyone 18 and older in early April.
The governor said that starting Monday, Sunshine State residents over 40 will be eligible to receive the jab and a week later, on April 5, all adults will be eligible.
DeSantis said Florida has already vaccinated 70 percent of the state’s 4.4 million older adults.
“While the Biden administration set a target date of May 1 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 at effective Monday, April 5, “DeSantis said in a press release.
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More than 5.2 million of the more than 21 million Florida residents had received at least one coronavirus vaccine as of early Wednesday morning. About 13.7 percent of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated.
This month, President Biden gave states a May 1 deadline to open vaccine eligibility to all adults, prompting a race among states to expand access to vaccines. Texas, Indiana and Georgia residents age 16 and older became eligible for the vaccine this week. Alaska, Arizona, Utah and Mississippi already offer vaccines to those 16 and older. Tennessee will also offer vaccines for ages 16 and older beginning April 5.
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New York lowered its eligibility for the vaccine to those over 50 this week. California Governor Gavin Newsom said all adults would be eligible by the end of April, but the state currently only vaccinates those 65 and older and frontline workers.