The primary vaccine doses had been prolonged to April seventh on the North Campus of Miami Dade Faculty

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – There is now a bigger window of time for people who want to receive their first doses on the North Campus of Miami Dade College.

People lined up before 7 a.m. on Tuesday to get their shot.

The staff at the FEMA-supported vaccination center planned to stop giving the first doses on Wednesday so that they could concentrate solely on the second doses.

Conversely, the Florida Emergency Management Department decided to extend the first doses until April 7th.

“This is good news for people 50 and older who can come out and get the vaccine,” said Mike Jachles, Florida emergency management spokesman.

“We actually reached our highest number. More than 5,700 doses were given yesterday for the first and a mixture of second exposures, ”said Bruce Roberts, director of the North Campus at Miami Dade College.

Starting Wednesday, the daily vaccine allocation on the North Campus of Miami Dade College will drop from 3,000 to just 500.

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Meanwhile, staff at FEMA-funded satellite sites will stop administering the first doses on Tuesday so they can focus on delivering the second doses to the communities where they were originally housed.

“You need to bring your CDC card and ID with you. It’s a must, ”said Jachles.

On Monday, Floridians 50 and older were able to qualify for the shot.

“It’s important,” said 50-year-old vaccine recipient Tom Parker. “I have my children, my grandparents. Your grandparents want to see the children, so we try to get everyone vaccinated as soon as possible so we can spend more time with the family. “

In a tweet, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said she was going a step further by lowering the age of eligibility at county-run locations to 40 starting next Monday.

You don’t have to live in this county to get a chance, but you do need to pre-register. Click here to do so.

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This only applies to the following vaccination centers operated by the district:

  • Homestead Sports Complex

  • Tropical park

  • Miami Zoo

Click here to make an appointment for the first dose at any of these three locations.

In Broward County, the mayor has no plans to lower the eligibility age, partly because there is no county-run pre-registration system for vaccinations like Miami-Dade, which means the state system in place at Broward locations would prevent people outside of state eligibility requirements from registration for a dose. But the mayor says he thinks the governor will soon do it himself.

“I would be surprised if the governor didn’t take us there in the next week or two,” said Mayor Steve Geller.

Geller is also concerned about the legal authority to lower the governor’s age requirement to 40 and older, which Orange County has already done.

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Former district attorney David Weinstein told Local 10 News that while Miami-Dade Counties and Orange Counties run the risk of the governor “punishing” them for breaking his age-based licensing rules by potentially threatening future ones Reducing allocations said also face a tax responsibility to get tax-financed cans with a shelf life in arms.

“It becomes a political issue, but if the goal is to get the vaccines into the arms of the people of Florida effectively and efficiently, it should be up to the counties to decide how to use the assigned doses for them,” said Weinstein.

The vaccines will continue to be distributed on the North Campus of Miami Dade College until 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference Tuesday morning at a vaccination site in Pensacola. At that point, he confirmed that more than 3 million seniors had received the vaccine in Florida.

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He said the state received an unexpected 42,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, pointing out that it was easier to secure an appointment than earlier this year.

The governor did not confirm when the vaccine would be available to all Florida residents, but said it would be before the president’s May 1.

“We’re going to get to a point where this will only be available to everyone,” DeSantis said. “I think this is going to happen relatively soon, but you know they set a date. I think the administration has set a date for May 1st. They basically wanted it to be open to all adults, and I can tell you that in Florida is going to happen well before May 1st. “

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