FEMA-supported sites to only administer J&J vaccine starting Tuesday

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Vaccination sites run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency will only distribute Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses, starting Tuesday.

FEMA-supported sites like the one at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus will no longer offer other vaccines.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden made a big announcement about expanding vaccine eligibility.

“By no later than April 19, in every part of this country, every adult over the age of 18 or older will be able to be vaccinated,” Biden said.

It’s another big push from the president to get more Americans vaccinated.

On Tuesday, the Commander-in-Chief announced that in less than two weeks, all adults in the U.S. will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“No more confusing rules, no more confusing restrictions,” Biden said.

With that announcement, the country will soon follow Florida’s footsteps.

Starting this week, all Florida residents 18 and older are eligible for a shot, along with teens 16 and 17 accompanied by a parent.

“If you don’t have a Florida driver’s license or ID, you need to be able to bring a lease or a deed, or recent utility bill or bank statement within the last two months,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management spokesperson Mike Jachles. “You need two forms of that.”

Record numbers were reported at South Florida FEMA sites on Monday, and on Tuesday there were long lines at Miami Dade College’s North Campus.

On Tuesday, all federally-supported vaccine sites switched to the single-shot Johnson & Johnson option for those who haven’t been vaccinated.

“I got the Johnson & Johnson, so looking forward to that,” said recipient Kenneth Anderson. “So, everything is fine.”

As FDOH reported nearly 5,600 new cases of COVID-19 statewide Tuesday, local leaders are looking to relax restrictions citing improving statistics.

This week, the mayor of Miami-Dade announced that the midnight county-wide curfew will be lifted on Monday, April 12.

“We considered all of the available data, including the 14-day positivity rate, and also hospitalization from COVID and death rates. These have all declined significantly as vaccinations for the most vulnerable has expanded and our overall vaccination program has progressed,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

On Tuesday evening, Broward County commissioners voted in favor of lifting some COVID-19 restrictions under an approved Phase 1 plan.

As more shots go into arms across the Sunshine State, Gov. Ron DeSantis called the vaccine rollout a huge success.

“The fact of the matter is, Florida has vaccinated three and a half million senior citizens. We are the first state in the country to put seniors first,” said Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

For more information about vaccination sites in Florida, click here. To pre-register, click here.

Anyone with questions and concerns about the coronavirus can call the Florida Department of Health’s 24-hour hotline at 1-866-779-6121.

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