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Vaccine eligibility expanded to sworn officers, firefighters, and K-12 teachers, 50 years or older

Press release from the Office of Governor Ron DeSantis

Today, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-47 (Amending Executive Order 20-315 – Vaccine Administration/Protecting Florida’s Seniors). Executive Order 21-47 expands COVID-19 vaccination in Florida to include the following: 

During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations: 

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 65 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older.

 In addition to hospital providers, physicians licensed under chapters 458 and 459, Florida Statutes, may also vaccinate persons whom they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Advanced practice registered nurses under chapter 464, Florida Statutes, and pharmacists licensed under chapter 465, Florida Statutes, may vaccinate persons determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Such physician determinations shall include a statement that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria established by a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health. 

A PDF copy of Executive Order 21-47 is available HERE.

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