DeSantis’ new, somewhat vague timeline for COVID vaccine: 60 and older, 55 and older, general public

DeSantis floats opening vaccine eligibility to people aged 55 and up, and then the general public. Source: Screenshot/Florida Channel

COVID vaccines may open to the general public in Florida once residents 55 and older have gotten the shots, Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a Wednesday press conference.

Currently, the priorities are focused on people aged 65 and up. Starting Monday, Floridians aged 60 and older will be eligible for the COVID vaccines, DeSantis announced earlier this week.

With the arrival of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Florida, DeSantis said on Wednesday that COVID vaccines could be expanded to more Floridians “relatively soon.”

He floated a vague timeline of who would be next for the shots, once demand for the 60-and-up age range decreases.

“Then we’ll lower the age to 55 in due time,” he said at the press conference.

He continued: “Then I think once we get all the 55-and-up, then you probably can just open it up to the general public at that point.”

He did not provide further details.

Danielle J. Brown
Danielle J. Brown is a 2018 graduate of Florida State University, majoring in English with a focus in editing, writing, and media. While at FSU, she served as an editorial intern for International Program’s annual magazine, Nomadic Noles. Last fall, she fulfilled another editorial internship with Rowland Publishing, where she wrote for the Tallahassee Magazine, Emerald Coast Magazine, and 850 Business Magazine. She was born and raised in Tallahassee and reviews community theater productions for the Tallahassee Democrat. She spends her downtime traveling to all corners of Florida and beyond to practice lindy hop.