Florida and Texas have started vaccinating people 65 and older against the coronavirus, breaking with CDC guidelines

Vera Leip, 88, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Pompano Beach, Florida, on December 16.

Ron DeSantis of Florida issued an executive order allocating vaccines to nursing-home residents and staff members, people 65 and older, medical workers, and anyone deemed "extremely vulnerable to COVID-19."

"The focus on people who are age 65 and older or who have comorbidities will protect the most vulnerable populations," Imelda Garcia, the chair of Texas' expert vaccine-allocation panel, said in a statement .

BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Department of Health in Lee County, which includes Fort Myers, started vaccinating people ages 65 and older on Monday.

Photos from the local outlet The News-Press showed Fort Myers residents lined up at the Estero Park and Recreation Center on Sunday evening, 19 hours before the clinic site was set to open.

"Texas has clearly come down on the side of, 'We're going to focus on those who are at greatest risk of illness and death,'" Jen Kates, a senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told CNBC .

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