Texas, Florida Commence Vaccination of People 65 and Older

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  • Florida and Texas have begun vaccination of residents aged 65 and older, breaking CDC's guidelines of administering the vaccines to frontline healthcare workers first, followed by people aged 75 and older
  • Last week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order allocating vaccines to nursing home residents and staff members, people aged 65 and older, medical workers, and anyone at a high risk of COVID-19
  • According to chair of Texas' expert vaccine-allocation panel, Imelda Garcia, the focus on people aged 65 and older will protect the most vulnerable people
  • The CDC guidelines for rolling out the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines state that healthcare workers and nursing home residents and staff should be vaccinated first, followed by people aged 75 and older, as well as non-healthcare frontline workers. This would be followed by Americans aged 65 to 74
  • As of Saturday, 9.5 million vaccine doses had been distributed in the US