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Florida Vaccine Updates: Publix Appointments Filled Fast in South Florida for Ages 18 and Older

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 has become available across Florida, residents are understandably anxious to know when they will be able to stand in line for a dose.

Several sites in South Florida will be closing this weekend for those looking to get a vaccine dose - while a recent survey showed members of a certain political party may be less like to get vaccinated.

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

Publix Registration Filled in South Florida for All Adults Ages 18 and Older

The supermarket giant allowed all adults ages 18 and older to register for vaccinations starting Friday at 7 a.m. Within an hour, all spots in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties were filled.

The vaccinations will be for appointments for the Moderna vaccine that will start to be distributed Tuesday, April 6th. Publix does offer some appointments for the Johnson & Johnson one dose vaccine, but none are available at this time.

To register, click on this link.

Broward Testing and Vaccination Sites to Close Sunday for Easter Holiday

The county will reopen the sites at 8 a.m. Monday after closing for one day. Broward will also turn several testing sites into vaccination sites starting Monday.

For a complete list of locations and their hours, click on this link.

Groups Rush to Get Florida Farmworkers Vaccinated

It's a race against time for nonprofits, organizations and officials who are trying to vaccinate thousands of farmworkers who were denied priority access in Florida but now have to travel north to harvest crops in other regions.

Farmworker advocates are asking officials to quickly mobilize to areas such as Homestead and Immokalee and to be more lenient when requiring proof of residency now that the state has lowered the vaccine eligibility age.

They say many farmworkers are in the country illegally and don't have a driver's license or other documents required as an alternative.

Republicans And White Evangelicals Most Likely to Say No to Vaccine: Survey

More vaccine doses are arriving in Florida, as all residents ages 18 and up will be able to get a shot beginning Monday.

Now, the challenge is persuading those who don’t want it - or think they don’t need it - to get the shot. Republicans from the local, state and national level appeared at a Miami vaccination site Thursday to encourage people to get the vaccine.

Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,862 adults ending the week of March 22 found that Republicans and white evangelical Christians are the group most likely to say no to getting vaccinated.

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