Florida teens 16+ allowed to get Pfizer vaccine Monday, MDC's North Campus only offering J&J starting Tuesday

Posted at 4:40 PM, Apr 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-05 16:40:46-04

Lines were long at Miami-Dade College’s North Campus Monday morning but FEMA officials say they’ve got it under control.

“We planned for this, things are going very smooth,” said Mike Jachles, FEMA Public Information Officer.

On Monday, Florida’s vaccination age criteria dropped from 40 to 18, with some sites also eligible to give doses to teens who are 16 and 17. Like Miami-Dade College's North campus.

“We’re getting people in today for the Pfizer vaccine ages 16, 17 , and 18 and over. That is just for today,” said Mike.

Minors need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

“It feels great getting the vaccine, finally,” said Robert Depradine, 17.

“I came here to protect myself, as well as my family,” said Azul Thurdekoos, 16.

“I just want to go out and have fun again,” said Joshua Vanegus., 17.

Starting Tuesday, the federally-funded site will no longer offer the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, transitioning to the one-dose Johnson and Johnson.

“We’re anticipating a busy Monday, Tuesday, busy week here. The biggest challenge seems to be the cars that are backed up but we would much rather have people waiting in the air conditioning in their cars than waiting out in the sun, so we’re managing that,” added Mike.

For those coming out to get their second Pfizer vaccine shot at this site, officials say to come later in the day.

“Even if your appointment time is at 10, if you come at 4, if you come that same day, you will be guaranteed to get the vaccine. What you will do is safe yourself an added wait because of everybody that’s here in the morning,” said Mike.

It’s important to take note that federal and state vaccination sites run differently.

You don’t need an appointment to get a vaccine at MDC’s North Campus but an ID is required. The site is located at 11380 NW 27th Avenue and is open everyday from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m.