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Florida Vaccine Updates: Miami Beach, Publix Expand Registration After State's Announcement

Here's what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it

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As a supply of the coronavirus vaccine has become available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to stand in line for a dose.

The state of Florida now has let residents know when every adult will be eligible to get the vaccine - and it's coming a lot sooner than some may have thought it would take place.

Here's what we know today about the coronavirus outbreak in Florida, and the effort to stop it.

Miami Beach Allowing Adults 19 and Older to Schedule Vaccine Appointments

The city is opening an appointment hotline for those residents who will be eligible when Florida lowers the age requirement to 18 on April 5th.

Residents can call 305-604-4255 starting at 10 a.m. until all spots are filled. Proof of residency will be required on the day of your first shot. City officials did not say how many slots would be open or which vaccine would be administered.

Publix Opens Registration Friday to Residents Ages 40 and Older

Ahead of Monday's expanded eligibility for Florida residents in the age group, Publix is allowing registration on their website Friday.

You can register by clicking on this link.

Publix said it would follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directive to prioritize vaccinations for teachers, school staff and those who work for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.

Florida's Lt. Governor Among Guests at Doral Pop-Up Vaccine Event

The city of Doral offered a pop-up site for the COVID-19 vaccine to residents with pre-registered appointments only Friday and got a special appearance from Florida’s Lieutenant Governor, Jeanette Nunez.

Although the site at Doral Legacy Park only operated for one day, 500 vaccines will be administered and the city’s mayor says he hopes to offer more vaccination options to residents in the near future.

“It helps us get these vaccinations out which is critical to move from the new normal to normal,’ said Mayor Juan Carols Bermudez. “I’m excited as more vaccines will become available”

All Florida Adults 18 and Older Eligible For COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5th: Governor

All Florida residents over the age of 18 will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting April 5th, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday.

DeSantis made the announcement in a video released from the Governor’s office, saying the eligibility age would be lowered to 40 and older starting Monday before lowering it to all adults the following week.

DeSantis added that more than 400 Walgreens locations would be providing the vaccines in the coming days, adding to the over 700 Publix locations, 150 CVS locations and 125 Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the state.

Permanent Walk-Up COVID-19 Vaccination Site Opens in Miramar

A permanent coronavirus vaccination site is opening at Vizcaya Park in Miramar, with no appointments necessary to receive a dose.

The walk-up site will be operated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management, which has partnered with Broward County to "give the community access to the Pfizer vaccine."

Both first and second doses will be administered at the site starting Friday. It will open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or until doses run out (200 are available on a daily basis).

Office Depot Will Let You Laminate Your Vaccination Card For Free Through July

Americans who have received a coronavirus vaccine can laminate their vaccination cards at Office Depot for free now through July, the company announced Thursday.

"To help protect completed COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards against damages, Office Depot is helping its customers upgrade the durability of their cards with free lamination services, now through July 25," a press release read.

Customers can go to their nearest Office Depot or OfficeMax and provide coupon code 52516714 to take advantage of the offer.

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