COVID vaccine sites open at Miami airport, Dolphin Mall, PortMiami

Miami airport and Dolphin Mall now COVID-19 vaccine locations
Miami airport and Dolphin Mall now COVID-19 vaccine locations

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Starting Monday, Miami International Airport will offer COVID-19 vaccines at two pop-up locations on certain dates. Miami-Dade County also announced Monday that a new vaccination location has opened at Dolphin Mall, and vaccines are also now available at PortMiami.

At MIA, the Pfizer vaccines will be available to airport employees, their family and friends, and travelers living or working in Florida starting Monday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and through May 14, then June 1 through 4, and June 7, according to airport officials.

One of the locations will be a drive-thru, while the other will be in Concourse D in the 4th Floor Auditorium.

The drive-thru will be set up at 75 Bus Road, Miami, FL 33102 (MIA taxi overflow lot).

One of the first workers in line Monday was Jimmy Janvier, who has worked at the airport for 35 years.

He said he was waiting for the right time to get his shot, and after finding out about this new site, he figured what better time to get the shot than now.

“I was waiting for the opportunity. Yes, I was waiting and then I realized it’s the time,” Janvier said.

Miami airport begins offering COVID-19 vaccines
Miami airport begins offering COVID-19 vaccines

The vaccination site at Dolphin Mall is located in the valet area near the Cheesecake Factory at 11401 NW 12th St.

That location will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Pfizer first and second doses will be administered there.

Appointments are not required, but the county is encouraging attendees to pre-register online or by calling 305-614-2014.

And Terminal J at PortMiami is now open for vaccines, with no appointment necessary. It’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered, as availability allows. You don’t need to work at the port to get vaccinated there.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava says it’s all part of the county’s next phase of vaccinations, which will focus heavily on pop-up sites, allowing people who may not have been able to visit one of the mass vaccination sites to now get their shot without leaving work.

The mayor said pop-up vaccination sites are planned for areas where many people gather. A one-day site was previously in operation last month at PortMiami.

“Malls, universities, major worksites,” Levine Cava said at the April 28 PortMiami event. “Everywhere that there are people gathered, we want to eliminate barriers.”

According to Monday’s state health department data, 60.1% of eligible Miami-Dade residents (ages 16+) have gotten at least one COVID-19 shot and 43.7% are fully vaccinated.

For more information about the MIA vaccination sites, click here.

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