Miami, FL

More than a million Miami-Dade residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine

Desiree Peralta

Tourists can also get vaccinated in Miami.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says that more than one million Miami-Dade residents have received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The mayor issued that statement on Wednesday after the publication of the vaccination report.

"I am extremely proud that one million Miami-Dade residents have already received at least the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine," she said.

She added that "this achievement shows how far we have come in our efforts to protect our community and overcome the pandemic."

Levine Cava thanked health workers and first responders for having placed themselves on the front line to attend to our safety in this crisis. Their hard work to administer vaccines brings us closer to the end of the pandemic, ”she said. She also invited all those who have not yet received the first dose to get vaccinated.

"Actually, it is our best option to protect ourselves and our loved ones and move our community forward," concluded the mayor of Miami-Dade.

Florida is currently the US state with the most cases of the new covid-19 variants, so access to vaccines became a priority for different cities such as Miami, which opened their campaign to include vulnerable populations and even tourists.

Florida added 9,068 new cases of covid-19 on Tuesday, the highest number since February, and 64 deaths, reaching a global of 2,134,914 cases and 34,784 deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Tourists can also get vaccinated in Miami

Soledad Cedro, the spokeswoman for the Miami Mayor's Office, told on Caracol Radio on Tuesday that a strategy was established to facilitate the vaccination.

"In Florida, those over 18 can be vaccinated without a prescription. The only thing is that they reside in Florida. There are times when they ask for the documents, if not one can pass without any problem. But there are times when they do ask for the documents and without that, they cannot They vaccinate, "Cedro said in his statements to the media.

In Florida, to be eligible for a vaccine, you must show a valid driver's license or an official photo ID issued by the Government, or even a utility bill with a Florida address or a rental agreement.

Additionally, Cedro explained that from the beginning there was a rejection of the vaccination of tourists, but everything changed.

"At the beginning of the vaccination, there was a very strong rejection of tourism for vaccination because there were no vaccines for residents. Health insurance covers this, then the cost of the vaccine was covered, while tourism did not. There was a rejection because it was with taxes. It was unfair that residents could not and tourists could. But everything has changed. Miami has been open with foreigners, they will not cause a problem as long as vaccines are available for residents," the official told said on Caracol Radio.

On the other hand, the Democratic congressmen on Wednesday asked the governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, to apply "flexibility" when requiring proof of residency to undocumented immigrants who seek to be vaccinated against covid-19.

According to the Miami Herald newspaper, for many activists, these requirements are not enough for some of the nearly 775,000 undocumented immigrants who reside in this state or the up to 200,000 farmworkers who work seasonally and live with their families.

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