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Florida begins vaccinating residents 50 and older

Those who pre-registered for a vaccine are being contacted to schedule an appointment.
Vials containing the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on a table at Heron House Assisted Living in Largo on Feb. 11. The state has begun vaccinating some residents aged 50 and older.
Vials containing the BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on a table at Heron House Assisted Living in Largo on Feb. 11. The state has begun vaccinating some residents aged 50 and older. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Mar. 20
Updated Mar. 20

The state has begun vaccinating some people in the 50 to 59 age range to help smooth the transition to expanded eligibility Monday, Florida Division of Emergency Management Press Secretary Samantha Bequer said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that the state would be lowering the vaccine eligibility age to 50, starting Monday. But some Florida residents who pre-registered for vaccines have already begun getting calls to sign up for appointments and if sites have openings this weekend, it’s possible for these Floridians to get a dose, Bequer said. The state is honoring these appointments and has encouraged counties using the state preregistration system to do so as well.

Pre-registered residents are being contacted in the order that they signed up through Florida’s online system. It’s unlikely, though still possible, that someone in the 50 and older category will get an appointment for this weekend. Still, Bequer encourages Floridians to pre-register on the state’s vaccine website.

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