State clarifies: Pfizer vaccine will be available for 16, 17-year-olds in Florida

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – After Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the eligibility requirement for a COVID-19 vaccination in Florida will soon drop to age 18 and older, the Florida Division of Emergency Management on Friday offered a clarification.

Beginning April 5, all individuals age 18 and older will be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine. However, people ages 16 and older will also be eligible, but only for the Pfizer vaccine.

A statement reads in part:

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that Florida residents 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

“We’ve now vaccinated over 70% of the roughly 4.4 million seniors living in the state,” DeSantis said in a video posted to Twitter. “We’ve also made great progress on those aged 60 to 64, and on those age 50 and older, and we’re ready to take this step.”

For now, Florida residents 50 and older, as well as other select groups, are eligible for the shot.

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