TALLAHASSEE, Florida – In less than two weeks, all Florida residents aged 18 and over will be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Thursday morning that from Monday, April 5, he will open the vaccine to “all individuals aged 18 and over”.
In addition, as of Monday, March 29, all Florida residents age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
“We are ready to take that step,” said DeSantis in a short video on social media. “We want to maintain that momentum as we expand eligibility to other age groups across the state of Florida.”
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All Florida residents aged 18 and over will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5
According to the latest figures from the Florida Department of Health, 5,205,239 people received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the State of the Sun, including more than 3.2 million seniors aged 65 and over.
“Florida’s ‘Seniors First’ vaccine strategy is paying off,” said DeSantis. “We have already vaccinated more than 70% of the approximately 4.4 million elderly people living in the state.”
Floridians are encouraged to pre-register for the vaccine on a state-operated website by clicking here. You will be contacted when a vaccine appointment is available in your area.
Currently, you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida at Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Winn-Dixie pharmacies, as well as in locations administered by counties and states and federally operated vaccination sites in Miami, Orlando , Tampa and Jacksonville.
“There are now 1,600 pharmacies located across the state of Florida, offering COVID vaccines,” said DeSantis.
I am pleased to announce that, as of this Monday, March 29, all Florida residents aged 40 and over will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. As of the following Monday, April 5, all Florida residents aged 18 and over will be eligible. pic.twitter.com/gJ0HHmiINW
– Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) March 25, 2021
Publix is scheduling appointments every Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting at 7am. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Publix, Click here.
Appointments at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam’s Club and Winn-Dixie can be made at any time.
To make an appointment with CVS, Click here.
To make an appointment at Walgreens, Click here.
To set up a meeting at Walmart and Sam’s Club, Click here.
To make an appointment at Winn Dixie, Click here.
The four vaccination sites operated by the federal government do not require booking. The closest in South Florida is on the north campus of Miami-Dade College, located at 11380 Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami. For more information on federal vaccination locations, as well as additional state-administered locations in our area, Click here.
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Earlier this month, President Joe Biden instructed all states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. DeSantis said weeks ago that Florida will easily meet that deadline.
“We have made great progress and I look forward to continuing to work hard to ensure that everyone in Florida who wants a chance can have a chance,” said DeSantis.