One city in Miami-Dade County will be giving away free doses of the Pfizer vaccine in Wednesday while students in the county will soon be able to decide if they want to get rid of their protective face masks.
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Broward County Administering Second Doses of Pfizer Vaccines at Schools Starting May 25th
The partnership between the Florida Department of Health-Broward County and the Broward County Public Schools is providing the second round of free, voluntary Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations to students, staff and their families ages 12 and up at all public high schools and participating charter high schools in the county.
Students younger than18 years of age can be vaccinated without a parent or guardian present if they bring a consent form signed by a parent or guardian with them to the event. The event runs from May 25th to June 1st. For a list of locations, click on this link.
Walk-Up, Drive-Up Vaccination Site Opens in Fort Lauderdale
A new walk-up and drive-up vaccination has opened up in Fort Lauderdale.
The site is located at 1550 SE 17th Street Causeway and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from now until sometime in July.
The site provides no appointment necessary, walk-up, drive-up vaccinations for everyone who is eligible. It also provides the Pfizer vaccine for children over 12 with a parent or guardian.
The vaccination site space was donated by Resolve Marine and Mission Resolve, representing how private and public businesses can make a difference becoming part of the solution to get more people vaccinated, said a spokesperson with Resolve Marine.
BSO Department of Detention Vaccinating Hundreds of Inmates
The Broward Sheriff's Department of Detention is providing the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of inmates this week, with over 1,000 already vaccinated.
The mass vaccination initiative, which began on Monday at BSO’s Joseph V. Conte Facility in Pompano Beach, provides free Johnson & Johnson vaccinations to inmates who legally consent to receiving the vaccine. All Broward County inmates who have not been vaccinated are eligible to get the vaccine.
As an incentive, inmates who opt to receive the COVID-19 vaccination are provided a kosher commissary care pack valued at $25, a package sponsored by the Inmate Welfare Fund and includes snacks at no cost to the inmate.
The vaccination initiative takes place through Thursday at at Broward County jail facilities.
City of Hialeah Gardens Offering Free Pfizer Vaccines Wednesday
The city is offering free Pfizer vaccinations on Wednesday, May 19th at the Westland Gardens Park Banquet Facility located at 13501 NW 107 Avenue in Hialeah Gardens.
Vaccinations will begin at 8:00 a.m., while supplies last for anyone ages 12 and older. No appointment is required.
Residents seeking a vaccine must provide a Florida ID or driver’s license and a screening and consent form must also be completed by all participants.
Vaccination Site at Miami Dade College to Close
The vaccination site at Miami Dade College will close May 25.
The site, operated by the State of Florida and supported by FEMA, is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“The centers were established in locations accessible to socially vulnerable populations and they were successful in their mission. Now, FEMA will continue to support the State of Florida and local communities with resources as they reach deeper into communities," said Gracia Szczech, FEMA Region IV Administrator.
Face Masks Optional Outdoors at Miami-Dade Public Schools for Remainder of School Year
Face masks will be optional for Miami-Dade County Public Schools students when outdoors and socially distanced for the remainder of the school year and during summer activities.
A district public health task force made the decision Tuesday in light of the CDC's new relaxed mask-wearing guidance for people who are fully vaccinated.
Wearing face masks indoors is still mandatory. The district may revisit that policy in time for summer school.