One county in South Florida will be changing policy when it comes to who can get vaccines and make it easier for everyone to get a vaccine just by going to one of three locations.
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MDC North to Stop Administering 1st Dose of Pfizer Vaccine
Miami-Dade College North will stop administering the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine after May 4th.
Next Tuesday will be the last day for people to get the first dose of the two-shot vaccine. Johnson & Johnson vaccines and second shots of the Pfizer vaccine will continue through the end of May.
Florida Eliminates Proof of Residency Requirement at State, Federal Supported Sites
The move, effective Thursday, also expands vaccine access and eligibility to "any individual who is present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the state," according to a statement released from the Florida Department of Health.
Florida's Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, said several factors were considered when issuing the latest public health advisory.
Miami-Dade Officially Eliminated Appointment Requirements at County Sites
Starting Thursday, the county will not require appointments at its three drive-thru sites - Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and the Homestead Sports Complex - and will accept walk-ups.
"I'm proud that Miami-Dade County was one of the first communities in the country to develop an online pre-registration system to help fairly allocate vaccine appointments when supply was extremely limited," Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said in a statement. "Now, more than 1.2 million residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and we are making it as easy as possible to get a vaccine while expanding our outreach and education efforts to make sure no communities are left behind."
Florida House Passes Bill Banning Businesses From Requiring COVID ‘Vaccine Passports'
The Florida House approved a bill late Wednesday night that would bar businesses in the state from requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a position promoted prominently by conservatives that included Gov. Ron DeSantis.
House members, by a 76-40 vote, approved the measure that was tucked into a bill intended to update the state’s powers during a future health emergency, the Miami Herald reports. It now will be sent to the Florida Senate for approval, with the legislative session set to end Friday.