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Florida governor dangles hope: Vaccines for everybody

He dropped eligible age from 60 to 65
Posted at 5:35 AM, Mar 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-15 05:50:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is suggesting that he will open up coronavirus vaccinations to the general public as soon as April.

The governor’s announcement Thursday underscored confidence that the wider availability of vaccines will allow the state to quickly provide shots to anyone who wants one.

It also could boost lagging vaccination rates in rural counties. DeSantis said at a news conference that the availability of shots will depend on vaccine deliveries from the federal government.

But he is expressing growing confidence that production will soon ramp up.

DeSantis said starting March 15, about 1.4 million more Floridians will be qualified for vaccinations when he dropped the eligible age from 65 to 60.