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New Eligibility Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Staff Reports

Beginning last Monday, March 29, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning the following Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine. According to a Memorandum issued late Friday.

      Floridians are encouraged to pre-register at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. Once pre-registered, they’ll be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area. Floridians can also call the vaccine preregistration phone number for their county, listed here.

      Vaccines are also available at 150 CVS locations, 125 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, more than 70 Winn Dixie locations, soon-to-be over 600 Walgreens pharmacies, and every single one of the 730 Publix pharmacies across the state.

     Governor DeSantis said, “Florida continues to rank 41st in senior mortality per capita, with 40 states having higher mortality for COVID on a per capita basis than the state of Florida.” He added, “While the Biden administration set a May 1st target date 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 beginning Monday, April 5th.”

     The Governor reported that they established a program for homebound seniors and have vaccinated more than 5,000 seniors, including holocaust survivors and World War II veterans. They have held 71 faith-based events in 22 counties and have completed more than 73,000 vaccinations at those events.

     As of last week, they have vaccinated over 70% of the roughly 4.4 million seniors living in the state.

     No mandate, but access for all.