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Florida already vaccinates adolescents: all those over 16 are eligible

Pfizer vaccine dose at the vaccination center set up on the campus of Miami Dade College North in Florida, USA (REUTERS / Marco Bello)
Pfizer vaccine dose at the vaccination center set up on the campus of Miami Dade College North in Florida, USA (REUTERS / Marco Bello)

Age restrictions are over in Florida. As of this Monday morning, after the decree signed by Governor Ron DeSantis last week, throughout the state those of legal age can be vaccinated, without the need to present any type of medical accreditation that indicates that they are at risk from the coronavirus and they need the vaccine.

In the case of 16 and 17 year old adolescents, they are also authorized to be vaccinated if they want to, but the state requires that they come to be inoculated with a parent or legal guardian, present a birth certificate or court document. In addition, they can only receive the vaccine developed by the Pfizer-BioNTech laboratory, since it is the only one that the FDA (Federal Food and Drug Administration) has authorized in children under 18 years of age.

Notably Not all vaccination centers have the same vaccinations, therefore if it is a child under 18 years of age, it is advisable to find out before approaching to receive the dose. At the moment, the Pfizer vaccine, the one developed by Moderna and the one from Johnson & Johnson, is being placed in the United States.

In counties like Miami-Dade (the most densely populated in the state and therefore the one most affected by the pandemic), most vaccination centers require an appointment. Since last week there were unrestricted shifts with a date from today. The authorities publicly asked for days that those over 40 years old (who were previously authorized to receive the vaccine without restrictions), come closer to being immunized until yesterday, to avoid the conglomeration of people from today.

At the Overtown youth center in Miami, where vaccines are given without an appointment, the line for a first dose of Pfizer was longer than usual this morning.

People line up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Miami-Dade County (EFE / CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH)
People line up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Miami-Dade County (EFE / CRISTOBAL HERRERA-ULASHKEVICH)

“The vaccination starts at 9 in the morning, but we arrived at 7 to make sure we were going to find a dose. Likewise, most of us here are young people, who can wait without too much trouble. Also, it’s not hot, and that helps, ”Judith Valencia, a 38-year-old Miami resident, told Infobae who wanted to get vaccinated, above all because of the fear of contracting the virus and passing it on to her parents, who due to an age issue belong to the at-risk group.

“I tried to make an appointment last week, but could never find availability. So I decided to come in person and wait. From what I see, in about two hours the process is completed here, ”said Carlos Suárez, 32, eager to receive his first dose.

In the federal centers installed in South Florida, such as the one that operates on the north campus of Miami-Dade College, today is the last day on which the first doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer will be placed (all are will guarantee the second dose in 21 days). Starting tomorrow, they will receive 3,000 daily doses of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine. It is expected that with this change, the vaccination process will be further accelerated since it does not require a month to complete the immunization process.

While there are no age restrictions, Florida continues to require proof of residency in the state. It can be an official document with an address in Florida, or utility bills that show the name of the person and an address in the southern state.

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