Florida’s age eligibility requirement for vaccine to drop to 40+

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida’s age eligibility requirement for getting the COVID-19 vaccine drops to 40 and older on Monday, making it available to another 2.5 million Floridians.

The age requirement dropped from 60 and above to 50 and older last week.

On April 5, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said, Florida will open the age eligibility requirement to people 18 and older. In addition, individuals ages 16 and 17 will also be eligible but only for the Pfizer vaccine.

Cindy Menker, who works in assisted living and is a regional director, got the shot on Sunday. She praised the state for its role in getting shots into arms.

“I think it’s critical all get vaccinated,” Menker said. “I think that isolation for seniors has more detrimental to them than any other age group because they do not thrive with isolation.”

There are currently more vaccination clinics available than ever in Jacksonville. Those sites include the federally-supported site at Gateway Mall. A spokesperson at the Gateway Mall site told News4Jax on Sunday that they will wrap up April 28 unless the state extends the Federal Emergency Management Agency sites in Duval County.

The Gateway Mall site and its two satellite sites are offering the Pfizer shot currently. The spokesperson said they are expecting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on April 14 but did not yet have confirmation.

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