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Some Florida teenagers will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 5

Governor's executive order allows for all Floridians to be vaccinated as prescribed by FDA, clearing path for 16- and 17-year-olds to get Pfizer's vaccine
vials of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine prepare to be administered in South Korea, March 20, 2021
Posted at 7:16 PM, Mar 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-26 19:30:13-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Ron DeSantis will allow certain teenagers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, but it comes with a caveat.

An executive order issued by the governor late Friday states that, effective April 5, "all Floridians shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration."

That means 16- and 17-year-old residents will be able to join all adults in getting vaccinated beginning April 5, provided they are receiving the vaccine produced by Pfizer.

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Guidelines from the FDA state that Pfizer's vaccine is recommended for anyone 16 and older.

The vaccines produced by Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are recommended for anyone 18 and older.

Publix, one of the first and largest distribution points for the vaccine in Florida, administers both the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, but not Pfizer.

Requests for comment from the governor's office were not returned.