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Gov. DeSantis expands COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to law enforcement, school workers who are 50 and older

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed an executive order expanding vaccine eligibility to all sworn law enforcement officers, firefighters, and K-12 school employees who are 50 and older. The new group can begin getting the shot tomorrow.

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Also, the Sunshine State may receive 175,000 doses of newly approved single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week.

DeSantis said Florida could potentially receive 175,000 doses this week of a new COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, which was granted an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.

“Hopefully, we will get that confirmed that we are gonna receive J&J,” DeSantis said during a news conference in Tallahassee. “We think we will, and we think it will be that 175,000. And if it is, we’re gonna obviously make sure that that gets put into arms.”

The governor added that between the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an increase in Pfizer doses, and the opening of four federally-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites later this week, Florida can expand vaccine access to more groups.