Floridians under 65 should be able to get COVID-19 vaccine next month, DeSantis says

ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said residents can expect major changes in COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the coming weeks.

He said the plan is to open vaccines to teachers and firefighters over the age of 50, and to prepare for FEMA vaccine distribution sites open.

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Setup is underway for the FEMA site at Valencia College, which is scheduled to open March 3.

DeSantis said how the site will work is being discussed, and should be finalized early next week.

Plans are also up in the air for which groups the state will open vaccinations up to next. DeSantis said people under 65 should be able to get vaccinated next month.

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“So it’s going to happen, I would say, without question, barring any problems with the vaccine distribution, you’re going to see the age lower at some time in March, for sure,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis defended not having detailed plans, because he said they don’t work. Instead he said states need to be ready to adapt to whatever comes next.

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One of the major changes coming next is the hopeful distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which will increase vaccine supply.

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Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.

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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.