CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Broward County is ready to expand the eligibility of those getting a Covid-19 vaccine to people 55 and older, law enforcement, and teachers.

That’s the message County Mayor Steve Geller sent to Gov. Ron DeSantis last week when Geller asked to widen the vaccination criteria beyond the current priority of residents 65 and older and front-line healthcare workers.

Here’s the logic behind Geller’s request, based on his letter to DeSantis: there are 340,000 seniors in Broward County and only about 250,000 of them will want the vaccine when it is first available.

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As of last week, more than 211,000 Broward residents have been vaccinated.

“People over 55 have an increased risk of bad results from exposure to COVID, all first responders run the risk of contracting COVID while protecting us, and vaccinating teachers will help with a full return of children to our schools,” he wrote in the letter to the governor.

Geller also wrote: “With the increasing number of vaccines available, it seems clear that within the next month we will have vaccinated everyone over 65 in Broward that currently wants to receive the vaccine.”

He asked DeSantis to use his executive order power to expand the vaccination criteria “in the near future.”

DeSantis has not stated yet when people 55 and older, teachers, and law enforcement will be included for vaccination.


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