"Seniors First"

Vaccination distribution began across Florida in mid-December. So far, the CDC indicates that 2,069,175 vaccines have been distributed across Florida, with numbers updated daily. As of January 14, 2021, 774,768 Floridians have been vaccinated, this number includes long term care facilities residents and staff, healthcare personnel with patient contact, and those over the age of 65. Governor DeSantis signed Executive Order 20-315 to give these populations priority in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.  


Counties across the State are in the midst of vaccinating Florida’s senior population. According to the 2019 US Census estimates, Florida ranks second highest in senior population (65+) with approximately 4,497,337 seniors or 20.9% of the total Florida population. The Florida Department of Health shows that approximately 447,778 seniors have been vaccinated around the state, more than half of total vaccinated. 


  • As of 2019, Sumter county has the highest proportion of seniors (58.2%) with a population around 132,400.  
  • Miami Dade has the highest number of seniors, due to its large size, with around 453,729 individuals over 65. 
  • Seniors 65+ account for approximately 80% of all COVID-19 related deaths. 


The Governor plans to continue to put seniors as the top priority and administer the vaccine at a fast pace over the next few weeks. By putting Seniors First, Florida has set a precedent among states, as the CDC plans to expand its guidelines to include 65+.









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For additional information, please contact Sara Henley at shenley@fl-counties.com.