Gainesville – Starting Monday, any adult in Florida is eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Additionally, the state announced that teens ages 16 and 17 can also get the vaccine with parental permission.
In an effort to vaccinate students, the University of Florida Athletic Department is working with UF Health and the local health department to administer the vaccine at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. University and health officials plan to vaccinate up to 5,000 people starting Monday.
Authorities hope to meet the goal of vaccinating 20,000 per week, according to a press release.RELATED
The event is open to anyone eligible for the vaccine.
On Sunday, the state reported that 3,660,880 Floridians had been fully inoculated and another 2,638,758 had received the first dose of the vaccine, according to the state Health Department.
Vaccine eligibility opening comes days after the governor Ron DeSantis issue an executive order prohibiting businesses from requiring customers to show proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to receive service.
His action also prohibited any government agency in Florida from issuing such documentation for the purpose of providing proof of vaccinations.