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Florida Vaccine Updates: CDC Updates Outdoor Mask Guidance

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

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At the FEMA site located in Miami-Dade County, turnout was lower than expected for the return of one vaccine following nearly two weeks of questions about it safety amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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

CDC Relaxes Outdoor Mask Guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers.

And those who are unvaccinated can go outside without masks in some cases, too.

The new guidance represents another carefully calibrated step on the road back to normal from the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 570,000 people in U.S.

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New Walk-Up Vaccination Site Opening in Miami Beach

Miami Beach officials announced a new walk-up vaccination site will be opening in the city.

The site, run by the State of Florida Division of Emergency Management, is located on 17 Street and Convention Center Drive.

The site operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will administer 250 Pfizer vaccines per day to Florida residents (must show proof of residency). There is no appointment necessary for first doses, and appointments for second doses will be scheduled immediately following the first dose. 

Miami-Dade Dropping Appointment Requirement at County Sites

Miami-Dade County is dropping its appointment requirement at county sites later this week.

The locations include sites at Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and Homestead Sports Complex.

Turnout Low as Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Returns in Florida

Turnout was so low for the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccine at a central Florida FEMA-run site Sunday that about 90% of the daily supply went unused following a 11-day pause, health officials said.

A similar story played out at Miami Dade College in South Florida, where 127 Johnson & Johnson doses were administered as of Sunday afternoon, compared to roughly 300 Pfizer vaccines.

Late Friday, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lifted the pause, which began after 15 women, out of nearly 8 million people who received the vaccine, developed blood clots.

Pompano Beach Opens Second Vaccination Site

The city will expand its efforts and offer Pfizer vaccine doses at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, located at 520 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard starting Monday.

The site will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. No appointment is needed and the vaccines will be given on a first come, first serve basis. As a result, the site at the Moore Community Center will be closing Monday.

Miami Gardens Opens Walk-Up Vaccination Site

The site is located at the Brentwood Pool (18880 NW 28th Place) and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

No appointment is required and all Florida residents are eligible. No word was released on how long the site would remain open.

Click here for a list of vaccination sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties

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