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Registration Closes Minutes After Miami-Dade Launches Vaccine Appointment Tool

Limited number of vaccination appointments were available to people 65 and older

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All slots appeared to have been filled just minutes after Miami-Dade County launched a new online tool Thursday to schedule appointments for the coronavirus vaccine.

The county said they were releasing a limited number of appointments to seniors 65 and older at miamidade.gov/vaccine at 2 p.m. Registration was closed about 20 minutes after it went live.

Officials said the county is working to make vaccines available to the county as quickly as possible, but stressed that demand is much greater than supply.

The county also announced it is opening a vaccination site at Tropical Park, which is already a testing site. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said the county has a limited supply of vaccines that it's opening up for Frida. As more supply becomes available it will be posted online.

"We are in an emergency, and we need to distribute COVID-19 vaccines without delay to protect our community and keep our economy moving forward," Levine Cava said in a statement. "As County Mayor, my priority is to work with all our partners to get vaccinations to eligible residents as fast possible, and today we are proud to offer a limited number of vaccine appointments available to seniors 65+ in our community."

On Wednesday, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the state-run COVID-19 testing operation at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens would be converting into a vaccination site, one of three such sites that are expected to be converted in the county.

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