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Gov. DeSantis Discusses COVID-19 Vaccine Age Requirements

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At a news conference in Sebastian, Florida, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis discussed the changing possibilities of the COVID-19 vaccination age requirement.

Video Transcript

JIM BERRY: You heard Governor Ron DeSantis facing tough questions tonight about when he will open up vaccine eligibility for people under 60. At a news conference in Sebastian, the governor said the age will be lowered in due time. However, DeSantis does not expect widespread vaccine demand for those under 55.

RON DESANTIS: I think as you get into some of the younger demographics where the risk is just a lot lower, I think it's going to be less than 50% are going to opt for it. And in fact, we got a little bit of a preview on that. When we brought it to the hospitals, we did the frontline health care professionals. You know, a lot of the nurses didn't chose not to do it, particularly the younger nurses. That was just-- that was their choice.

And so I think you're going to see something similar-- I think you'll see a majority of people 55 and up will ultimately want it. But I think below say 45 or 40, I think it'll be less than a majority will ultimately want it.

JIM BERRY: The governor says there are between 1.5 to 1.9 million people in Florida between the ages of 60 and 65. He says the age eligibility could drop quickly if Florida keeps getting a boost in vaccine supply.