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Floridians 18 and up now cleared to receive the COVID vaccine, 16-17 year-olds with parental permission

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Who will be the first to get COVID-19 vaccines? AP Illustration/Peter Hamlin

The age to get a COVID vaccine has been lowered to 18 in Florida and those 16 and 17 with parental permission can get the Pfizer vaccine. You are encouraged to pre-register for the vaccine on this state-operated website. You’ll then be contacted when a vaccine appointment is available in your area.

Monday marks the steepest drop in eligibility age as the age was lowered to 40 just one week ago.

“We’re ready to take this step,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a short video released on social media. “We want to keep up that momentum as we expand eligibility to other age groups throughout the state of Florida.”

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Residents 16 and 17 years of age will need to have a form signed by their parents to authorize them to get the shot or be accompanied by a parent to the vaccine site.

You can currently receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida at Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Winn-Dixie pharmacies, as well as city, county, state-run sites and federally-operated vaccination locations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.

West Palm Beach Mayor Keith A. James announced the City of West Palm Beach is operating a state-approved mass vaccination site at the Mary V. McDonald Wilson Center at Gaines Park, located at 1501 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. Click here to register. West Palm Beach Fire Chief Diana Matty explains how her first responders got the job of giving the injections to local residents. Listen to her full interview here.

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Publix is currently booking appointments every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 7 a.m. To book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Publix, click here.

Appointments at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and Winn-Dixie can be made at any time.

To make an appointment at CVS, click here.

To make an appointment at Walgreens, click here.

To make an appointment at Walmart and Sam’s Club, click here.

To make an appointment at Winn Dixie, click here.

The four federally-operated vaccination sites do not require an appointment. The closest in South Florida is at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus, located at 11380 Northwest 27th Avenue in Miami. For more information about the federal vaccination sites, as well as additional state-run sites in our area, click here.

Also, FoundCare, will be providing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for free this Saturday, April 10th at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in located at 402 N M St, Lake Worth, FL 33460.
The shot will be administered by appointment only on a first-come first-served basis to those who meet the eligibility guidelines set forth by Gov. DeSantis.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Oneka Marriott says appointments were all booked in one day for the last vaccination drive. Click here to make an appointment for FoundCare’s Saturday’s vaccination in Lake Worth.
Or call 561-967-0365 to make an appointment.

President Joe Biden directed all states to make all adults eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. DeSantis has said for weeks that Florida will easily meet that deadline.