Gov DeSantis Says Florida Could Lower Vaccination Eligibility to 55 by End of March

By Ryan Yousefi

At a press conference on Wednesday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccination could be lowered to 55 by the end of the month.

On Monday, DeSantis also dropped the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility age to 60

He said the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine from Floridians over 65 has decreased, signaling a need for a gradual progression to making it available to younger age groups.

COVID-19 Data

Data released by the Florida Department of Health on March 17 reports 101,330 COVID-19 tests conducted. Out of those, 7,258 came back positive. Of those, 4,727 were first-time positives.

There were 11,698 total positive COVID-19 cases in Coral Springs — an increase of 76 positive cases since March 15.  

Statewide, there are 1,989,024 positive Covid-19 cases to date. The average age to contract the virus in Broward County on March 16 was 38-years-old. For months, the average Floridian to test positive has hovered between 39 and 42-years-old. 

Since the pandemic began, 82,786 Floridians have been hospitalized due to complications of COVID-19, and 32,504 have died. Of the total deaths, 2,569 were from Broward County. 

Vaccinations

As of March 17, 6,769,639 or 21.06 percent of Floridians have received at least one vaccination dose. Out of these, 11.80-percent are now fully vaccinated.

Broward County has a population of  1.9 million residents as of 2019, and as of March 17, 593,367 doses of the vaccine have been administered, with 208,837 people now fully vaccinated. 

Broward County Total Cases

Fort Lauderdale 43,512

Hollywood 38,881

Pompano Beach 19,550

Miramar 13,267

Coral Springs 11,698

Davie 8,829

Sunrise 7,981

Plantation 7,005

Weston 6,316

Deerfield Beach  5,913

Tamarac  5,460

Coconut Creek 4,985

Margate 4,900

Hallandale 3,986

Pembroke Pines 3,912

North Lauderdale  3,343

Oakland Park 2,725

Cooper City  2,227

Parkland 2,306

Dania 1,474

Lauderhill 986

Wilton Manors 964

Lauderdale Lakes 870

Southwest Ranches  694

State of Florida

Miami, Dade 245,787
Orlando, Orange 86,568
Jacksonville, Duval 84,061
Tampa, Hillsborough 67,450
Hialeah, Dade 60,095
Fort Lauderdale, Broward 43,512
Hollywood, Broward 38,881
West Palm Beach, Palm Beach 30,463
Kissimmee, Osceola 29,042
Tallahassee, Leon 27,977
Homestead, Dade 25,924
Pensacola, Escambia 25,676
Naples, Collier 25,536
Saint Petersburg, Pinellas 24,813
Fort Myers, Lee 22,795
Bradenton, Manatee 21,360
Boca Raton, Palm Beach 21,066
Ocala, Marion 20,886
Lakeland, Polk 20,531
Pompano Beach, Broward 19,550
Gainesville, Alachua 17,988
Sarasota, Sarasota 16,571
Port Saint Lucie, St. Lucie 15,262
Lake Worth, Palm Beach 15,131
Cape Coral, Lee 14,802
Miami Beach, Dade 13,382
Clearwater, Pinellas 13,347
Miramar, Broward 13,267
Boynton Beach, Palm Beach 12,058
Panama City, Bay 11,747
Doral, Dade 11,734
Coral Springs, Broward 11,698
Miami Gardens, Dade 11,286
Saint Augustine, St. Johns 10,911
Melbourne, Brevard 10,168
Winter Haven, Polk 9,925
Delray Beach, Palm Beach 9,381
Lehigh Acres, Lee 9,204
Davie, Broward 8,893
Riverview, Hillsborough 8,835
Vero Beach, Indian River 8,703
Milton, Santa Rosa 8,349
Palm Bay, Brevard 8,159
New Port Richey, Pasco 7,994
Sunrise, Broward 7,981
Fort Pierce, St. Lucie 7,661
Saint Cloud, Osceola 7,468
Coral Gables, Dade 7,459
Largo, Pinellas 7,408
Apopka, Orange 7,247
Daytona Beach, Volusia 7,205
Spring Hill, Hernando 7,047
Lake City, Columbia 7,019
Plantation, Broward 7,005
Orange Park, Clay 6,933
North Miami Beach, Dade 6,825
Clermont, Lake 6,766
Davenport, Polk 6,676
Brandon, Hillsborough 6,612
Jupiter, Palm Beach 6,422
Weston, Broward 6,316
Sanford, Seminole 6,309
Plant City, Hillsborough 6,287
Deltona, Volusia 6,218
Deerfield Beach, Broward 5,913
Winter Garden, Orange 5,774
Tamarac, Broward 5,460
Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa 5,369
Port Charlotte, Charlotte 5,351
Palm Coast, Flagler 5,251
Crestview, Okaloosa 5,141
Stuart, Martin 5,115
Wesley Chapel, Pasco 5,073
Coconut Creek, Broward 4,985
Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach 4,936
Margate, Broward 4,900
Land O Lakes, Pasco 4,857
Winter Park, Orange 4,793
Deland, Volusia 4,780
Palmetto, Manatee 4,749
Palm Harbor, Pinellas 4,742
Wellington, Palm Beach 4,660
Oviedo, Seminole 4,641
Miami Lakes, Dade 4,400
Opa Locka, Dade 4,348
Altamonte Springs, Seminole 4,309
Lutz, Hillsborough 4,227
Port Orange, Volusia 4,177
Middleburg, Clay 4,158
Brooksville, Hernando 4,121
Haines City, Polk 4,120
Valrico, Hillsborough 4,075
Venice, Sarasota 4,045
North Port, Sarasota 4,026
The Villages, Sumter 4,008
Live Oak, Suwannee 4,008
Hallandale, Broward 3,986
Leesburg, Lake 3,951
Sebring, Highlands 3,949
Ocoee, Orange 3,949
Punta Gorda, Charlotte 3,943
Pembroke Pines, Broward 3,912
Saint Johns, St. Johns 3,833
Arcadia, Desoto 3,830
Seminole, Pinellas 3,711
Bonita Springs, Lee 3,703
Zephyrhills, Pasco 3,688
Ormond Beach, Volusia 3,670
Navarre, Santa Rosa 3,609
Okeechobee, Okeechobee 3,586
Pinellas Park, Pinellas 3,439
Windermere, Orange 3,415
Immokalee, Collier 3,373
North Lauderdale, Broward 3,369
Longwood, Seminole 3,368
North Miami, Dade 3,350
Ruskin, Hillsborough 3,314
Cocoa, Brevard 3,265
Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa 3,256
Niceville, Okaloosa 3,205
Cantonment, Escambia 3,112
Panama City Beach, Bay 3,009
Lake Worth Beach, Palm Beach 2,979
Jacksonville Beach, Duval 2,975
Key West, Monroe 2,950
Quincy, Gadsden 2,928
Casselberry, Seminole 2,904
Crawfordville, Wakulla 2,870
Hudson, Pasco 2,831
Port Richey, Pasco 2,828
Dade City, Pasco 2,819
Titusville, Brevard 2,804
Bartow, Polk 2,757
Cutler Ridge, Dade 2,754
Palatka, Putnam 2,750
North Fort Myers, Lee 2,742
Oakland Park, Broward 2,725
Fernandina Beach, Nassau 2,702
Winter Springs, Seminole 2,680
Green Cove Springs, Clay 2,665
Lake Mary, Seminole 2,641
Kissimmee, Polk 2,610
Aventura, Dade 2,605
Auburndale, Polk 2,589
Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns 2,548
Merritt Island, Brevard 2,538
Lake Wales, Polk 2,523
Perry, Taylor 2,510
New Smyrna Beach, Volusia 2,499
Tarpon Springs, Pinellas 2,452
Lynn Haven, Bay 2,448
Inverness, Citrus 2,383
Marianna, Jackson 2,374
Belle Glade, Palm Beach 2,369
Parkland, Broward 2,306
Clewiston, Hendry 2,291
Eustis, Lake 2,268
Fleming Island, Clay 2,257
Santa Rosa Beach, Walton 2,239
Wimauma, Hillsborough 2,234
Royal Palm Beach, Palm Beach 2,228
Cooper City, Broward 2,227
Dunedin, Pinellas 2,217
Loxahatchee, Palm Beach 2,193
Estero, Lee 2,183
Holiday, Pasco 2,114
Defuniak Springs, Walton 2,054
Chipley, Washington 2,040
Parrish, Manatee 2,025
Sarasota, Manatee 2,023
Key Biscayne, Dade 2,023
Rockledge, Brevard 2,022
Destin, Okaloosa 1,974
Labelle, Hendry 1,944
Starke, Bradford 1,941
Palm City, Martin 1,937
Mount Dora, Lake 1,932

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