Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will sign an executive order Friday lowering the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility age to 50 and over starting Monday.
The announcement was made at a news conference in Tallahassee alongside the director of the Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz.
DeSantis said nearly 70% of Florida's senior citizens have been vaccinated and demand is dropping among those currently eligible for shots. Right now, Florida is vaccinating people aged 60 and up, healthcare workers and first responders over 50.
"I think the demand has been relatively modest," DeSantis said. "So we think that this makes sense."
DeSantis added that he thinks the state will "definitely be opening it up to everyone" before May 1st.
The governor also provided an update about the state's allotment of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, saying Florida is slated to get another 42,000 doses of the single-shot vaccine next week.
Florida has inoculated 3 million senior citizens so far, according to DeSantis.