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Gov. DeSantis lowers vaccine eligibility to Floridians 50 and older starting Monday

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

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that coronavirus vaccine eligibility in Florida will be lowered to age 50 beginning Monday.

He also said he expected shots will be available to everybody by May 1, the date President Biden had said in his anniversary speech last week.

“We feel confident going to 50-plus,” DeSantis said. “It makes a lot of sense right now.”

The move by DeSantis comes after Orange County lowered the vaccination age to 40 beginning Monday.

Vaccinations at Publix are provided by appointment only, while supplies last, through the online reservation system at publix.com/covidvaccine. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy.

According to Publix officials, the reservation system typically opens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.