Orange County Mayor opens vaccines to people over 40 – Desantis not happy

Gov. DeSantis is not happy with Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings’ plan to expand vaccine eligibility at the Orange County Convention Center to anyone 40 and older starting on Monday.

“It’s not his decision to make,” DeSantis said of the county leader’s plan. 

Desantis comments came Friday morning shortly after he announced a statewide expansion of vaccine eligibility to anyone 50 and older, also starting on Monday.

“I would note Orange County is below the state average in seniors vaccinated,” DeSantis added. “They’re at 63%. Trying to do healthy 40-years-olds over finding maybe some more seniors would not be the direction that I would go.”

Residents who are between the ages of 40 and 59 can visit ocfl.net/vaccine at 9 a.m. on Monday to make an appointment.

County officials said crews can administer 3,000 COVID-19 doses a day at the convention center.

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