ORLANDO, Florida – As shipments from Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine are on the rise, Florida is gearing up to see a big increase in doses that will be shipped statewide.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 683,070 vaccine doses will be allocated in Florida next week, an increase of 146,420 from the previous week. The nearly 700,000 doses do not include injections provided by the federal government.
The state reported on Wednesday nearly 5,200 new COVID-19 cases, bringing Florida’s total to more than 2 million since the virus was first detected here in March 2020. According to state data, 33,480 people have died from illnesses related to the virus.
The increase in supply comes after Florida director of emergency management Jared Moskowitz told Jacksonville broadcaster WJAX-TV that the age requirement in the state may soon be lowered.
“I think next week you’ll see the governor go down another 10 years (to 40), like we did last week,” Moskowitz said.
Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings lowered the age requirement at the Orange County Convention Center vaccination site to 40 and over on Monday, defying an executive order from Governor Ron DeSantis that required the age to be 50 years and over.
However, other counties in central Florida have said they will continue to follow state guidelines.
“At this point, I don’t see us adjusting any. We want to follow the executive order of the state of Florida, ”said Alan Harris, Seminole County emergency manager. “It’s established for a reason. The governor and his medical advisers have made a decision and we will follow the law of the land.
Osceola County Health Department spokesman Jeremy Lanier echoed the remarks.
“In Osceola County, we will continue to operate at 50% as per the governor’s decree,” Lanier said.
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News 6 has contacted the rest of central Florida counties. Officials in Volusia and Brevard counties said they were also following the governor’s orders.
“In the coming days, we may see a decrease in the age allowance in Osceola County, according to the governor. He can issue an additional executive order, ”Lanier said. “But as of now, in Osceola County, we’re sticking to the guidelines – anyone 50 and over. This is how we do it. «
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