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Florida Vaccine Updates: Publix Appointments Filled After Expanding Eligibility

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

As a limited 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.

The state's supermarket giant will be opening their vaccine appointments to a new group starting Friday, while Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced new dates he wants to have all residents eligible by.

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

City of Hialeah to Open New Vaccination Center Monday

The City of Hialeah is opening a new COVID-19 vaccination center Monday.

Mayor Carlos Hernandez said the site, which is located at Bucky Dent Park on 2250 W. 60th Street, will inoculate 200 people daily for 60 days.

The site will be open to front-line workers, firefighters, police, education workers and health care workers. In order to be vaccinated, workers must present their ID and workplace credentials.

The site is first-come first serve and only first-time shots will be provided. Click here to read more.

Publix Pharmacies Fill Appointments After Expanding Vaccine Eligibility to People Ages 60 and Older

Individuals ages 60 years and older are now be eligible to register for a COVID-19 vaccine at Publix pharmacies, a spokesperson announced Thursday.

Starting on Friday, Publix's online reservation system will allow people ages 60 and older to register, though K-12 teachers and other child care personnel will be prioritized.

Vaccinations at Publix were by appointment only and filled up before 9 a.m. at locations in all four South Florida counties.

Hialeah Opens New Vaccine Site on Friday

At least 300 residents in the city will be able to get vaccines that will be administered starting Friday.

The site will open at the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment, located at 4800 Palm Avenue, starting at 8 a.m. The shots will be given on a first come, first serve basis and only first time shots will be given.

Miami Beach Vaccinating Seniors, Teachers and First Responders Friday

The city will be giving a limited supply of the COVID-19 vaccine to seniors 60 years of age and older as well as teachers, firefighters and police officers ages 50 and older.

Appointments can be made by calling 305-604-4225 starting at 1 p.m. The phone line will remain open until all appointments have been filled.

Florida Could Open Up COVID-19 Vaccines to All in April: DeSantis

Florida could make COVID-19 vaccines available to most people in the state in April, Gov. Ron DeSantis said Thursday.

At a news conference Thursday morning in Lake City, DeSantis said that after the state makes people 60 and older eligible for the COVID vaccine on Monday, it will soon lower the age to 55 and then probably open it up to the rest of the population.

The governor said that the process of vaccinating those between 60 and 64 may go quicker than expected because of the increase in the weekly supply the state is receiving. He said that each 5-year age group adds nearly 2 million people in population eligible for the vaccine.

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