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Florida Vaccine Updates: Publix Follows Guidance, Suspends Administration of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine

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

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Publix Follows Guidance, Suspends Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

As a supply of the coronavirus vaccine becomes available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to get vaccinated.

A new walk-up site will be opening Tuesday in one Miami-Dade city while a new question is being asked: can you drink alcohol after getting your dose of the vaccine?

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

Publix Follows Guidance, Suspends Administration of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Following CDC and FDA guidance, Publix is suspending the administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at all of its pharmacy locations.

Customers can click here to schedule an appointment for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, if currently available in their state.

According to the CDC and FDA, while a rare side effect, individuals who have received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should contact their health care provider if they develop a severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination.

US Will Pause Use of J&J Vaccine After Rare Complications

The U.S. is recommending a “pause” in administration of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.

In a joint statement Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots in six women that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The clots occurred in veins that drain blood from the brain and occurred together with low platelets. All six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

Florida will follow the recommendation at sites across the state, including at Miami Dade College's north campus. The site at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center in Pompano Beach will delay their Tuesday opening due to the decision.

Florida Memorial University Becomes Vaccination Site Starting Tuesday

The school in Miami Gardens will become a state sponsored site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day Monday through Saturday.

Located on the Southside of the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts, appointments are not required and the Moderna vaccine is available on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals 18 and older.

Hialeah Opening Third Vaccination Site on Tuesday

The city unveiled the newest site starting at 9 a.m. located at the Milander Center (4800 Palm Avenue). Mayor Carlos Hernandez is expected to attend the event.

Hialeah also has testing sites available at Bucky Dent Park and Amelia Earhart Park.

Homestead Opening Walk-Up Vaccination Site Tuesday

The city of Homestead is opening a walk-up vaccination site Tuesday for Florida residents 18 years of age and older.

The site is at the FOP Lodge, located at 675 North Homestead Blvd., and will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., or until all 400 vaccinations are administered. The vaccine being offered is the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine.

There is no appointment required.

Daily Dose: Can You Drink Alcohol Right After You Get Your COVID-19 Shot?

You got your COVID-19 vaccine, congrats! To celebrate, you may prepare to pop the cork — but not so fast — can you even drink right after you’ve been inoculated?

Click here for that story from NBC 6 anchor Trina Robinson.

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