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Florida Vaccine Updates: MDC Site Returning to Pfizer First Doses After J&J Pause

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 becomes available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to get vaccinated.

Those looking for a vaccine at Department of Health sites in Broward County will no longer need an appointment starting Friday thanks to a new decision by those in charge.

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

Pfizer First Doses Returning to FEMA Sites, Including Miami Dade College

The decision came after the FDA and CDC ordered a pause on the Johnson & Johnson one dose shot earlier this week due to rare complications.

The site at the school's North campus was scheduled to close in May, which was why they moved to J&J only last week. It is unknown if they plan to extend operations for those needing a second dose of Pfizer in the coming weeks.

City of Homestead to Offer Walk-Up Vaccination Clinic

The city of Homestead will open a walk-up vaccination clinic Monday, April 19, for Florida residents.

The site will be at the FOP Lodge at Harris Field and will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., or until all 400 vaccinations have been administered.

No appointment is necessary, but proof of residency is required. Individuals will be scheduled for their second dose at the time of vaccination.  

Broward Department of Health Vaccine Sites Not Requiring Appointments

All Broward County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine sites are no longer requiring appointments, officials said Thursday.

The appointment requirement has been dropped until further notice, and anyone who already has an appointment can either keep it or go to any of the Broward sites at any time during operating hours, the department of health said.

The department of health is administering the Pfizer vaccine at a number of locations throughout the county, at drive-through and walk-up sites.

Florida Education Commissioner Wants to Make Masks Voluntary in Schools

Florida's education commissioner wants the state's public schools to eliminate mask mandates and instead make face coverings voluntary for the next school year.

Commissioner Richard Corcoran sent a letter Wednesday to Florida's school superintendents asking them to revise their mask policies for the 2021-2022 year, saying they don't impact the spread of COVID-19.

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