MIAMI (WSVN) - Jackson Health System has announced they will begin vaccinating Florida residents age 16 and older with severe health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus.

The hospital announced that beginning Tuesday, they will begin vaccinating Florida residents who fall into the following categories:

  • 65 years or older.
  • 50 to 64 years old with an ID showing you are school-site personnel at a K-12 school, a sworn law enforcement officer, or a firefighter.
  • 18 years or older, and attest that your physician recommended you receive the vaccine due to your high-risk condition (no documentation needed).
  • 16-17 years old, you must attest that your physician recommended you receive the vaccine due to your high-risk condition. No documentation or proof needed. You are required to have a parent or legal guardian with you at your appointment to provide consent.

Jackson said they will open their online appointment portal Monday so people can schedule their vaccinations.

On Monday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the eligibility age for the coronavirus vaccine will be lowered from 65 to 60, starting next Monday.

“We will be lowering the age in the state of Florida,” he said. “That will apply across the board at all of the state pods, all of the pharmacies, all of the different drive-thru sites.”

Early Tuesday morning, 7SkyForce HD hovered over Miami Dade College’s North Campus mass vaccination site where lines of cars could be seen snaking around the property.

“You can go out more and feel safer,” said one woman who got vaccinated. “You’re not confined.”

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Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

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