Public schools organized an inoculation day in the state. In pharmacies, supermarkets, and hospitals, you can also get doses of the immunizer developed by Pfizer, whose administration was approved on Wednesday by the health authorities.
Ever since the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved vaccines developed by Pfizer Biotech for teens between the ages of 12 and 15 in the United States, all gears have rushed. This Thursday, in Miami-Dade - and Florida in general - doses of the inoculant are already being administered to that demographic.
Miami-Dade's public school system - the largest in the state and the fourth largest in the country - is vaccinating students over the age of 12 and any member of the education staff, starting today in three schools. Who has not yet been immunized?
North Miami Senior, Miami Jackson Senior, and Miami Sunset Senior high schools have a section that functions as a vaccination center between noon and 8 PM for those who have requested an appointment on the county public schools website. As the days go by, there will be more opportunities of this nature.
Two other schools will join the vaccine locations on May 20: Hialeah Gardens High School and Robert Morgan Education Center. They will also work with prior appointments.
Those looking for a more spontaneous opportunity - that is, without having a previous shift - can come to get vaccinated on Friday or May 22 between 9 AM and 5 PM in six different schools: the five that work with appointments plus the school Homestead High School.
For now, schools will only receive students and employees of the education system. A parent or guardian in charge must accompany students between the ages of 12 and 18 to receive their dose, as required by federal regulations. Eventually, according to the Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho, these vaccination centers will operate on Saturdays for the general public.
But it is not only in schools that minors can be inoculated. Miami's children's hospital, Nicklaus Children Hospital, is providing vaccination shifts for children 12 and older through its website. Minors will also be required to be accompanied by a senior guardian and present some documentation proving their age.
The main pharmacy chain in Florida, CVS, is also running shifts through its website for teens between 12 and 15 years old. The vaccine is available at all 640 pharmacies they own in Florida. Although they ask the population to try to get an appointment in advance to make the process more organized, CVS also accepts people without a shift, including minors.
For their part, Walgreens pharmacies also inoculate children between the ages of 12 and 15, albeit by appointment only.
Publix supermarkets announced that they would begin offering the service soon.
So do all the state-run vaccination centers, including Marlins Stadium and Hard Rock Stadium, both in Miami-Dade County. As with all sites, the federal requirement is followed, indicating that minors must present documentation proving their age and be accompanied by a parent or guardian in charge.