Miami-Dade’s latest COVID-19 vaccination facilities are opening with enforced licensing guidelines
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. Thursday was long at the new FEMA-backed, state-owned COVID-19 vaccine satellite site at the Allen Park Community Center in North Miami Beach.
It’s one of two new walk-up locations that opened Thursday, plus one in the Miami Springs Community Center.
“You can see that people want to get the shot. The need is there, ”said Anthony F. DeFillipo, Mayor of North Miami Beach. “People are encouraged to come out and get the vaccine. Everyone wants to get back to normal, and that’s what we want to achieve as a city. “
One person who had reached the front of the line said he had been there for three hours.
Staff administering the shots will need the state vulnerability form (signed by a doctor) or a medical prescription stating that a patient is extremely vulnerable to anyone trying to receive the vaccine as a vulnerable patient.
The state clarified these requirements in the past two days after some young adults said they received a dose with no medical certification or conditions that make them vulnerable.
On Thursday, staff screened people to ensure they were eligible for inclusion at the FEMA-supported locations in Miami-Dade County. The main hub on the north campus of Miami Dade College had a shorter queue than in recent days when unauthorized people showed up and tried to get vaccinated.
Sergio Carvalho, who was not eligible, did not get the vaccine on Thursday.
“I had friends yesterday, they were vaccinated. But today they said no chance, ”he said.
Younger Florida residents may not have to wait too long, however. The federal government says it is working to produce enough vaccines for every adult who wants one to have one by May.
“We’ll be taking an age-based approach, but I think once we’re in April it can be anyone who is eligible for the program [emergency use authorization]Maybe we can just open it, ”said Governor Ron DeSantis. “We’re not there yet, but maybe we can do that.”
Broward Mayor Steve Geller said Thursday that 65% of the seniors in his county have been vaccinated
“It seems clear that unless there are unexpected issues with the variants, any adult Broward resident who wants a vaccine should have at least the first shot in about two months or so,” he said.
DeSantis has already announced that all Floridians 60 and over will be eligible for the vaccine from Monday. Shortly afterwards, the target age drops to 55 years.
The two new satellite locations supported by FEMA are located at:
Allen Park Community Center, 1770 NE 162nd St. in North Miami Beach
Miami Springs Community Center, 1401 Westward Drive, Miami Springs
Both should be open daily from March 11th to 17th from 9am to 5pm. You can give 500 vaccines per day and are given based on availability.
The main hub remains on the North Campus of Miami Dade College. However, satellite sites are said to move about every week to give different parts of the community access to vaccines. (The previous satellites in Sweetwater and Florida City closed on Wednesday.)
If you got your first vaccine at one of the satellite sites that have been closed and when it is time for your second dose, you can get it at any of the satellite sites that are running at that time or the main hub on Miami Dade College North Campus . (As a reminder, if you received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, only one dose is needed.)
For a copy of the State’s Extreme Vulnerability Assessment Form, which must be signed by a doctor, click here.
Miami-Dade County’s Mayoress Daniella Levine Cava has asked DeSantis to lower age requirements by 10 years every two weeks.
Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez announced that a vaccination center will be open in his city on Friday for those 65 and over, as well as certain frontline workers.
Vaccines will be given at the Milander Center (4800 Palm Ave.) starting at 8 a.m., based on availability. Only initial admissions will be carried out on site.
A driver’s license or Florida ID is required.
Front line workers, firefighters, police officers, education workers, and health workers are welcomed and required to present both their Florida ID and employment references.
On Friday, March 12th, 2021, the Milander Center will be a vaccination center starting at 8:00 a.m. Individuals must meet the requirements listed in the flyer. At this point only initial recordings are made. pic.twitter.com/5KNZLOmE0K
– City of Hialeah (@cityofhialeah) March 10, 2021
Publix is following the lead at state locations and announced that starting Friday March 12th, vaccination appointments will be opened for people aged 60 and over.
“By order of the federal government, retail pharmacies participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program must continue to give priority to future vaccination options to K-12 and childcare teachers and staff until further notice,” the supermarket chain said in a press release.
According to the press release, all other eligible people can schedule appointments after the members of the prioritized group have completed their appointments.
Dates for second doses are not affected by the change.
To book an appointment or for more information, visit publix.com/covidvaccine.
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