COVID-19 vaccine could be available to all Florida adults as early as April, DeSantis says

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday that based on vaccine supply estimates, all adults in Florida may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as early as April.

On Monday, the eligibility age in the state is scheduled to drop from 65 to 60, allowing nearly 2 million more residents to get the vaccine. But DeSantis said Thursday that another drop to age 55 could be in the works before the end of the month.

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He said the changes depend on the state’s vaccine supply. DeSantis said Florida didn’t receive any new Johnson & Johnson vaccine shipments this week and may not next week either. He said shipments are likely to resume the week after that.

DeSantis also announced an expansion to the number of Walgreens pharmacies offering the vaccine in the state.

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He said COVID-19 vaccinations will be distributed starting this week at 97 Walgreens locations statewide, including 22 in Central Florida. Click here to see the full list of locations.

DeSantis said 3 million seniors have been vaccinated so far.

Stay tuned to Channel 9 Eyewitness News for live updates.

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Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.