SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - As March comes to a close, the COVID-19 vaccine has become more readily accessible across the state. Earlier this year, the demand for the vaccine was high and the supply was low. In the last few weeks, county health departments like the ones in Sarasota County and Manatee County have been able to vaccinate thousands of people.
The governor’s senior-first approach made the vaccines available to people 65 and older for several weeks. And people across the Suncoast continuously told us appointments were difficult to come by. Since then, the governor has moved vaccine eligibility to allow people 60 and older to get the vaccine, then 50 and older, and this Monday 40 and older.
Next Monday, April 5, the eligibility will move down yet again to allow anyone in Florida 16 and older to get the vaccine. But as a reminder, those who are 16 and 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine, which can be found at places like local pharmacies.