Vaccination without age limitations for adults started this Monday in Florida with a large influx of young people.
Before sunrise there was already a long line of cars with people ready to get vaccinated at the center installed on the north campus of Miami Dade College (MDC), which is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is the largest in South Florida.
Between 250 and 300 cars, mostly with people in their 30s or 40s, accessed the center in the first hours of operation.
According to data from the Florida Department of Health, the age group with the most COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic is the 25 to 34 year-olds, who have accumulated more than 362,000 infections out of the more than two million registered since March 1 in the state.
Starting tomorrow, April 6, the vaccination center at Miami Dade College will only offer the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine and will have the capacity to provide 3,000 doses per day, according to a Twitter message from FEMA.
In addition, FEMA’s vaccination centers in Miami, Orlando and Tampa will administer the two-dose Pfizer vaccine to those 16 and older.
Florida Governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, has successfully managed the pandemic by focusing on maintaining economic activity while developing a large-scale vaccination strategy.
To date, 9.7 million vaccines have been administered in Florida, 6.3 million first doses and 3.4 million second doses, according to figures from the Department of Health of the state, which has a population of more than 21 million.
Vaccination began in Florida in December and priority was given first to health care workers on the front line of the fight against covid-19 and those over 65 years of age, both those living in nursing homes and those living at home.
In both deaths and COVID-19 infections, the U.S. is the number one country in the world, with more than 555,000 deaths and 30.7 million infections since 2020.