Miami Increases Number of Vaccination Points Against COVID-19: Shopping Malls and New Port Centers

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source: nytimes.com

Florida's most densely populated county seeks to increase the population inoculated by reducing the distance people must travel to get a dose.

In Miami-Dade, Florida, there are virtually no restrictions on getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Those who wish to do so can access it at various centers throughout the county. However, residents reported being unable to do so because of their jobs, making it difficult for them to contact major vaccination centers during the hours where they work.

Given this, and to continue supporting as many people as possible to be inoculated, local authorities determined to open smaller temporary vaccination centers completely in the county.

Although it is an organized vaccination center for those who arrive in their cars (receiving the vaccine through the window without having to get out), it is planned that those who come walking can also be inoculated.

The main goal is to serve those who work in the mall, but the doses will not be reserved exclusively. Anyone who comes close will be able to receive food as long as they do not enter the authorized settlements. Technically, the state requires them to be Florida residents. However, documentation confirms that vaccine administration is not necessary.

In Miami-Dade, Florida, there are virtually no restrictions on the COVID-19 vaccine, and those who wish to do so can access it at various centers throughout the county. However, residents reported being unable to do so due to their jobs, making it difficult for them to contact major vaccination centers during working hours.

Given this, and to continue encouraging as many people as possible to be inoculated, local authorities decided to open smaller temporary vaccination centers throughout the county. 

The idea is that the vaccine goes to areas where there are large numbers of workers so that they can be vaccinated without being asked for a few days.

That's why vaccines will be available this week at various shopping centers, such as the famous Dolphin Mall. In the valet parking area, in front of the renowned Cheesecake Factory Restaurant, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., ready-made vaccine doses will be placed by Pfizer.

Although it is an organized vaccination center for those who arrive in their cars (receiving the vaccine through the window without getting out), it is planned that those who come walking can also be inoculated.

The main goal is to serve those who work in the mall, but the doses will not be reserved exclusively for them. Anyone who comes close will be able to receive food as long as they do not enter the authorized settlements. Technically, the state requires them to be Florida residents. However, documentation confirms that vaccine administration is not necessary.

Although this is a center that does not work exclusively with prior appointments, the authorities estimate that the process will be faster if people can register in advance by entering their information on the county's website dedicated to these purposes.

Other vaccination centers that have opened their doors in recent days are located in the Port of Miami. Located in terminal J, where workers from the tourism industry have priority - although it is not a limiting requirement - health personnel offer inoculants from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson there (the latter requiring a single dose).

The center operates between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. No appointment is needed to be vaccinated, and only the age of the person requesting your dose will be monitored.

During the past weekend, in the Wynwood area -where there is a gastronomic center-, another vaccination center was established in a restaurant. Next weekend there will be another.

"We are taking vaccines to where people are - the port, the airport, hotels, shopping centers, restaurants, schools, and businesses throughout our community," said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniela in a statement to the press. Levine Cava.