Miami-Dade officers are urgent for unvaccinated frontline employees and first responders to get the shot

MIAMI BEACH, Florida. – Local leaders emphasize the importance of COVID-19 vaccines to keep everyone safe as the crowds gather across South Florida on Labor Day.

As is the norm, people from all over the world have come to Miami-Dade County to enjoy the holiday weekend.

The influx of visitors was a potential problem in an area already struggling with the spread of COVID-19.

“People travel more, our number at the airport is very high,” said Jimmy Morales, Miami-Dade County’s chief operations officer. “All of this raises concerns because as long as some people are not vaccinated there is a chance they will get sick and pass it on.”

COVID-19 is a top concern at a Labor Day event highlighting the victims of Miami-Dade County’s frontline workers as district leaders struggle to find a way to get more workers to join the vaccine.

“We require that all county employees either be vaccinated or have weekly tests,” said Morales.

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Amy Viteri of Local 10 News asked Morales if the county was considering vaccinating the workers, an option Morales said was not ruled out.

“If at some point this pandemic doesn’t break out, the numbers keep rising or staying high, we may have to take more drastic measures, and that’s unfortunate,” he said.

The county has also offered incentives like a day off for those who get the shot.

“Ultimately, they have to get vaccinated,” said Morales. “You have all these firefighters, cops who don’t want to get vaccinated. And they’re out there. You deal with people in all kinds of situations on a regular basis. “

For information on where COVID-19 vaccines are available in South Florida, click here.

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