CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Doctors, nurses, and pharmacists now have the ability to vaccinate people who are determined to be extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.

Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis expanded the coronavirus vaccine eligibility by signing an executive order.

People 65 and older, long-term care facility residents and staff, and frontline healthcare workers are still the priorities for the vaccine, but the new order allows physicians to determine if those with high-risk medical conditions should be vaccinated at doctors’ offices and pharmacies.

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Until now, medical staff could order the vaccine in hospitals for people under the age of 65.

Also, DeSantis last week hinted that Florida will likely open up the vaccine in March to more residents in the general population.

"Without question, barring any problems with the vaccine distribution, you're gonna see the age lower at sometime in March. For sure," DeSantis said to the media in Jacksonville on Thursday.

The governor said that once more supply of the vaccine comes in and demand goes down among seniors, the state will lower the age of eligible residents.

As of last week, 2,115,581 people ages 65 and older have received the vaccine in Florida, which is close to 50 percent of Florida's 4.5 million senior citizens, according to the Florida Department of Health.


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