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Health Officials, Local Leaders Address Concerns Over Vaccine Shortages in South Florida

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Florida health officials held a press conference Sunday in Miami Gardens to provide updates on their vaccination efforts at the Hard Rock Stadium.

A spokesperson for the state's Department of Emergency Management said the appointment-only vaccine site was administering as many as 1,000 vaccines per day.

He also repeated the importance of people not arriving more than thirty minutes ahead of their scheduled time slot, and added that he did not have a clear answer regarding possible shortages for people who need the second dose.

Meanwhile at Alegre Apartments in Little Havana, Miami City Commissioner Joe Carollo paid a visit to pledge his support for vaccinating seniors as quickly as possible.

"We're gonna be doing as many vaccines as we can," Carollo said. "It's more important than ever to get vaccines, beginning with our seniors, and then everybody else."

He said he expected 150 vaccines to go out to seniors by the end of Sunday. Little Havana residents waited about an hour to get the shot at the site, located at Southwest 8th Street and 22nd Avenue, where they were allowed to walk in without an appointment.

The commissioner said as long as they were seniors who lived in the city of Miami, they would not be turned away.

If you are a senior in Miami, you can call the city at 305-250-5380 to find out details on the two city-run vaccination sites where they are taking people without appointments. You do need to show proof that you live in that municipality.

For information regarding all state-run sites like the Hard Rock Stadium, which is an appointment-only facility, call 888-499-0840.

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