Update, April 13: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration have called for a pause on administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after reports that some patients developed blood clots. This story has been updated accordingly.
Ready for this pandemic to be over? The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 shot is pretty much the quickest route to your post-vax life. Because the vaccine requires only one dose, you can get your shot and be considered fully vaccinated two weeks later.
While the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are a bit more effective at preventing symptomatic cases of COVID, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is still a great option, especially for the needle-phobic or anyone who might not be able to take two days off of work to get jabbed.
If you're a Florida resident 18 or older, you're eligible for a (free!) Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Here's where to find it.
Miami Dade College North Campus (updated)
Florida's federal vaccination site at Miami Dade College's North Campus on Tuesday, April 13, announced that it would suspend its use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The site will continue to administer second doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and starting Tuesday, April 20, people can also get their first dose of Pfizer at Miami Date College.
Publix announced Tuesday, April 13, that it will heed the federal guidance and suspend distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Miami Beach pop-ups (updated)
Miami Beach has quietly been distributing the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at one-day pop-up sites throughout the city. Commissioner David Richardson sometimes announces the sites on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
On Tuesday, April 13, Richardson tweeted that the city is attempting to transition to use of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines because of the pause on J&J.
We are working with our partners @FeedingSouthFL and @FLSERT to determine if it will be possible to switch to another vaccine until the CDC issues additional guidance. I will keep you updated! @MiamiBeachNews https://t.co/VpdbQyDVHx— David Richardson (@david4florida) April 13, 2021
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