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- Now to the coronavirus pandemic, some changes in the race to vaccinate people here in South Florida as health experts warn the number of coronavirus cases in the US is climbing. Tonight, two FEMA-supported sites distributing only second doses of the Pfizer vaccine opened back up today.
- CBS4's Ted Scouten is at one of those sites in Sweetwater with what you need to know if you're looking to get your shot.
[? ALTHEA STANLEY-LEE: ?] I just came down to get my second shot. It was smooth sailing. I pretty much walked right through, got the shot, and waited for my 15 minutes.
TED SCOUTEN: [? Aletha ?] Stanley-Lee couldn't be more thrilled that she's gotten both shots, one step closer to safety.
[? ALTHEA STANLEY-LEE: ?] Oh, I am so excited. I texted my family. I put it on Facebook. I am so excited to have it. I feel safe.
TED SCOUTEN: She came to the Miami-Dade College North Campus run by FEMA, where the concentration is on second doses. They're still taking at least 500 people a day for first doses, but they're administering more when they can.
MIKE JACHLES: We had already met our 500 allotment by 9:00 AM. The staff here was able to obtain some additional doses. We did 1,697 first doses by 3:00 PM, 704 second doses by 3:00 PM.
TED SCOUTEN: At FEMA satellite sites in Sweetwater and Florida City, they're only offering second shots. So far, in Miami-Dade, Broward, and the Keys, 546,000 people have gotten their first shot. Nearly 588,000 have both.
AILEEN MARTY: The science shows that if you want that high level of protection that's going to keep you from getting the symptoms of COVID, with a protection of 94% to 95%, you really need that second shot.
TED SCOUTEN: Dr. Aileen Marty from Florida International University stresses the importance of people completing their vaccinations.
AILEEN MARTY: Now, with these variants and the fact that they have these escape mutations, we need to get closer to 85% or 90% of the population with resistance in order to overcome those variants and really help get rid of the virus everywhere.
TED SCOUTEN: As hundreds of thousands of people are getting vaccinated here, Dr. Marty warns, don't let your guard down.
AILEEN MARTY: I'm concerned because there's way too many people, especially young people, who are acting as if the pandemic is over. And it's really not over. And of course, there are plenty of sites around South Florida that are still offering both first- and second-dose shots. To get more information on that, who's eligible, where to go, if you need an appointment, just go to our website, CBSMiami.com/vaccine. In Sweetwater, Ted Scouten, CBS4 News.