Mar 4, 2021 - News
Figuring out Florida's "extremely vulnerable" vaccine qualification
Illustration of a vaccine syringe in the shape of a question mark, hovering over a person in silhouette
Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Qualifying for a COVID vaccine as "extremely vulnerable" under Florida's new guidelines is entirely up to doctors' discretion, Gov. Ron DeSantis said at a press conference Wednesday.

Why it matters: Being "extremely vulnerable" is the only way Floridians under 65 who are not frontline workers or firefighters, police and teachers 50 and up can get the vaccine so far.

  • "I don’t think you’re going to see any funny business. I think it’s about trusting them," the governor said.
  • The state gave no specifics for consideration when DeSantis signed his executive order earlier this week allowing the category to be vaccinated.

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