By CBSMiami.com Team

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is facing tough questions on Friday about when he will open up vaccine eligibility for people under sixty.

At a news conference in Sebastian, the governor said the age will be lowered in due time. However, DeSantis does not expect widespread vaccine demand for those under 55.

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“I think as you get into some of the younger demographics, where the risk is a lot lower I think less than 50 percent will opt for it.”

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“We got a little preview of that when we brought it to the hospitals. We did the front-line healthcare professionals and a lot of the nurses chose not to do it. That was their choice. I think you’ll see something similar. I think you’ll see a majority of people 55 and up will ultimately want it but I think below 45 or 40 I think it’ll be less than a majority will ultimately want it.”

The governor says there are between 1.5 to 1.9 million people in Florida between the ages of 60 and 65.

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He says the age eligibility could drop quickly if Florida keeps getting a boost in vaccine supply.

CBSMiami.com Team