MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) - Two new COVID-19 vaccination sites have opened at Miami International Airport offering Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
Doses of the vaccine will be available at the two locations starting Monday until Friday, MIA officials said.
The announcement was made as an effort to boost tourism after a crushing year. Airport employees, including their families and friends, and some travelers will be eligible to receive doses.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava visited the airport, Monday morning.
“We’re following the Florida rules, which say that if you are a resident or if you’re here on business or for the benefit of Florida, you are eligible,” Levine Cava said.
“I am the air conditioning mechanic in this place,” said airport employee Jimmy Janvier. “I prepare for you guys to come and then I see the vaccine. I say, ‘That’s a good opportunity.’ It was very easy. I just get in the line, get registered and then get the shot.”
A father and son from Argentina are in Florida for a monthlong visit and decided to get vaccinated.
“In our country, there are no vaccines, so getting here and the first thing we are told is, ‘You can get vaccinated right here at the airport,’ we’re grateful,” said Nicholas Juan.
“God, bless America,” the father said.
“Really, it’s all about accessibility and ensuring that anyone who’s interested in getting a shot is able to get one,” said Ron Goncalves of Nomi Health.
Levine Cava said if they see a high demand, they will expand the available dates.
Vaccinations will be administered at Concourse D and at the taxi lanes at 75 Bus Road.
Vaccines will be offered to Florida residents 18 years and older, from May 10-14, June 1-4 and June 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Levine Cava said the sites will be open past the 4 p.m. closing date if the demand is there.
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