Floridians age 16 & 17 will soon be eligible for this COVID-19 vaccine

ORLANDO, Fla. — Floridians age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on the same day that all adults in the state will get the shots.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management said Friday that people age 16 and older would be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine starting on April 5.

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At this time, the Pfizer vaccine is the only version currently authorized for people under the age of 18.

The announcement comes in addition to news from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that all Floridians age 18 and older would be eligible for the vaccine starting April 5.

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Before then, on Monday of next week, the eligibility age for the shots will drop to 40 and older across the state.

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Sarah Wilson

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.

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