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Florida Vaccine Updates: Four Pop-Up Vaccination Sites Opening in South Florida Thursday

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.

One of Florida's largest providers will not be allowing people to sign up for vaccines for one day Wednesday - while the state's Governor reiterated he wants 'vaccine passports' outlawed during a speech in South Florida.

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

Pop-up Vaccination Sites Opening Thursday in Miami-Dade, Broward

400 Johnson & Johnson doses will be available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or until supplies last, at four pop-up sites in South Florida Thursday:

  • Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway
  • Bridge to Hope, 17700 Southwest 280th Street, Homestead
  • Amelia Earhart Park, 401 East 65th Street, Hialeah
  • Global Church, 17701 Northwest 57th Avenue, Miami Gardens

City of Miami Reaches 100K Vaccinated Residents

The City of Miami has vaccinated 100,000 community members, Mayor Francis Suarez said on Twitter.

Florida to Get Nearly 820K More Doses Next Week

In time for the opening of eligibility for all adults ages 18 and older Monday, the state will receive its largest number of doses since vaccinations began.

Florida will receive 817,250 total doses, including over 313,000 of the Johnson & Johnson one-time doses according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Doses will be distributed between Monday and Wednesday.

Broward Testing and Vaccination Sites to Close Sunday for Easter Holiday

The county will reopen the sites at 8 a.m. Monday after closing for one day. Broward will also turn several testing sites into vaccination sites starting Monday.

For a complete list of locations and their hours, click on this link.

Pop-Up Sites Open Wednesday in Miami Beach and Homestead With Johnson & Johnson Doses

Two locations opened at 8 a.m. to provide 400 single shot doses to those needed them: in Miami Beach at 8500 Collins Avenue and in Homestead at 27401 Southwest New York Avenue.

A site in Hialeah at Babcock Park opened Wednesday after its Monday opening was delayed due to not receiving their shipment of the vaccine.

Local Courtroom Staff Get Vaccinated in Miami Wednesday

Members of the Miami-Dade County Commission, including Chairman Jose "Pepe" Diaz along with Vice-Chair Oliver Gilbert, took part in the event inside the Richard E. Gerstein Justice Building.

Eligible employees included bailiffs, judges and other courtroom staff who work in the building.

"Our court systems provide essential services to our community, providing the courthouse employees with the vaccine is a step forward in our much anticipated return to normalcy," Commissioners Kionne McGhee and Keon Hardemon said in a statement.

Publix Cancels Wednesday’s COVID-19 Vaccination Scheduling Opportunity in Florida

Publix Pharmacy will not have appointments during Easter weekend, so it is canceling its Wednesday scheduling opportunity. The online reservation system will reopen Friday, April 2nd, as usual for appointments for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments to receive second doses are not impacted by this change.

Vaccinations are provided for any individual who meets state and federal requirements at the time of the appointment. To find out if you're eligible, click here.

Florida Governor to Forbid ‘Vaccine Passports' With Executive Order

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday that he would issue an executive order forbidding local governments and businesses from requiring so-called “vaccine passports” to show proof that customers have been inoculated against the coronavirus.

He made the announcement on a day when more Floridians would become eligible for vaccination and during a ceremony he convened at the state Capitol to sign into law a bill approved by the Legislature on Friday that would bar COVID-related lawsuits against businesses.

During a Tuesday event in the Everglades, DeSantis reiterated his position and said he did not think it would be fair to ask residents for proof to attend events such as football games or concerts.

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