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.READ MORE: 'I Am A Conqueror': UFC Fighter, Miami Native Jorge Masvidal's Rise To Success, Sights On UFC Gold
“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.”READ MORE: No Appointment Needed Now At Most Broward Drive-Thru Vaccine Sites
“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.MORE NEWS: 2 People, Dog Shot By Man Who Got Into Gun Battle With Officers In Hialeah Gardens
He says the age eligibility could drop quickly if Florida keeps getting a boost in vaccine supply.