STATEWIDE – An executive order signed Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis changes the state’s immunization criteria once again to allow some Floridians under 65 to be vaccinated.
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Before the order, only hospitals could administer the vaccine to Floridians under 65 who were considered medically vulnerable.
Now, doctors along with registered nurses and pharmacists will be able to vaccinate those under 65 who have a doctor’s note showing them that they are “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19.
Criteria for vaccination will still include Florida residents 65 and older, frontline healthcare workers, and long-term care facility staff and residents.
So far, according to the Florida Department of Health, more than 3 million Floridians have received at least one dose of vaccine in the Sunshine State. Of these, more than two million vaccines have been destined for those over 65 years of age.
This order is a big change to expand access to at-risk Floridians who have been waiting their turn.
Rep. Carlos Smith tweeted about the criteria expansion Sunday night saying, “If you are medically vulnerable under 65 with a doctor’s note, the state confirms that you are eligible to be vaccinated. If your web portal hasn’t been updated to show this change at 7am when it reopens tomorrow (Monday), just do what you can to try and book the appointment. You are eligible! Period.”
At this time, this change will only apply to doctor’s offices and pharmacies like Publix, not to state-run vaccine sites.
According to the Publix website, it shows that starting at 7 a.m. on Monday morning, customers who are eligible for the vaccine can make an appointment online on Wednesday, March 3, depending on vaccine availability and availability. county.