Miami-Dade County opened a limited number of appointments for the COVID vaccine to seniors in the area on Monday which were quickly filled up but not before the website for booking them experienced technical issues.
The county opened the appointments starting at 2 p.m. to residents ages 65 and older but the portal experienced technical issues, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.
The portal was up again around 2:45 p.m. and 2,000 appointments were filled in less than 10 minutes, Levine Cava said.
“Every 10-15 minutes I went online and picked three different web sites, Jackson, Baptist, City of Miami, and I wasn’t able to get in except today, I finally got in," said resident Maria Salinas. "I got both our appointments, mine and my wife’s.”
Miami-Dade officials say they are working to make the vaccine available to the community as quickly as they are received.
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"Our County is working hard alongside hospitals, cities, and the state to distribute vaccines as fast as we receive them, to protect our community and keep our economy moving forward,” Levine Cava said.
The new appointments come as the site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens closed early Monday at noon due to the College Football Playoff national title game between Alabama and Ohio State.
“I think that it’s important for social activities to continue in a safe as possible way, but I think it’s more important that people receive their vaccinations.," Susan Hyman, a Miami Gardens resident who came to get her vaccine Monday.
A spokesperson from the Florida Division of Emergency Management said about 1,000 appointments will be available per day due to a limited supply of doses available from the federal government.
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