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Florida Vaccine Updates: MDC Site Staying Open Until May, State Lowers Eligibility Age

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.

The state of Florida will add another group of residents to the list of those eligible for the vaccine on Monday - just one week before all adults in the state will become eligible to get their doses.

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

Miami-Dade College Site Now Staying Open Through May

The site, located at the school's North Campus at 11380 Northwest 27th Avenue, will now be staying open until May 26th after originally being scheduled to close on April 28th.

The site is also expected to administer 3,000 first doses of the Pfizer vaccine per day along with the other federally supported sites in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville.

Florida Begins Vaccine Eligibility Rollout for Ages 40 and Older Monday

Adult residents across the state of Florida will be one step closer to being fully eligible to get the sought after COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday.

Residents ages 40 and older will be eligible to get the vaccine at all locations in the Sunshine State before all residents 18 and older will be eligible starting April 5th, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced last Thursday.

Floridians ages 16 and older will be eligible starting April 5th as well, but anyone ages 16 and 17 will need signed permission from their parents or guardians.

Hialeah Delays Opening of Temporary Vaccination Site

Mayor Carlos Hernandez announced last week the site at Babcock Park (651 East 4th Avenue) would not open as scheduled Monday due to a shortage in doses across the state.

"They assure us that we will be able to start the process on Wednesday March 31st, 2021. On our end, everything is ready to give attention to the community in our temporary site as soon as possible," Hernandez said.

The site at Bucky Dent Park will remain open.

Black Community Leaders in Miami Express Concern Over Vaccine Hesitancy

Leaders of Miami’s Black community have gone to great length to ensure that the coronavirus vaccine is accessible to residents of all backgrounds, but low turnout at some outreach events has them worried.

Tangela Sears, a well-known advocate for the Black community in South Florida, and Liberty City's Reverend Billy W.L. Strange have both been fully vaccinated, and hope that other members of their community do the same.

To hear more of their message, click here for the story from NBC 6 reporter Nathalia Ortiz

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