Another Big Turnout For COVID Vaccines Across South Florida Sites

CBS4's Jessica Vallejo reports the J&J one-shot vaccine is in high demand.

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- Now at 7:00, another day, another big turnout at vaccination sites in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. As of today, more than 850,000 people have been fully vaccinated across South Florida. The race to vaccinate speeding up, but soon, as Governor Ron DeSantis expanded access for all adults in the state.

- Now, although the lines are long because of that high demand, most people say the process is still relatively smooth. CBS 4's Jessica Vallejo joins us live from Jackson Memorial Hospital with more. Jessica.

- Sir, go straight. Johnson & Johnson, go straight.

JESSICA VALLEJO: Demand has been high since the age dropped to 18 and up. Wednesday, hundreds in line as the doors opened at FEMA's Miami Dade College North Campus vaccination site.

- Everybody got their ID in hand?

TYEESHA SMITH: I showed up to the Miami Dade College, I waited in line in the car line, went through air-conditioned waiting room, and I got my shot.

JESSICA VALLEJO: Tyeesha Smith is 24. As soon as she became eligible, she got her shot.

TYEESHA SMITH: Most of my family is now vaccinated because of their age. So I felt it was right that I would go ahead and get my vaccination.

TED FERNANDEZ: I actually got in the river this morning thinking I'd just be dropped off here. I didn't know the whole car line would be happening. I convinced my Uber to get the vaccine. He's finishing up there now.

JESSICA VALLEJO: Ted Fernandez is 23, and said he wanted to be one and done.

TED FERNANDEZ: I got the Johnson & Johnson just knowing with work and school, the chance that I came back for the second one were not very good.

JESSICA VALLEJO: The FEMA sites, as well as Hard Rock Stadium, reported record days with all adults now eligible. Monday hit a high of 10,193 vaccinations, and Tuesday was even higher at more than 10,200.

MIKE JACHLES: We're able to process about 600 vaccines an hour. That's quite a significant number. So there's really no rush to come out first thing in the morning.

AILEEN MARTY: I am so pleased with our community, and the people wanting and recognizing the value of these vaccines in protecting them and our community.

JESSICA VALLEJO: Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist, says she's encouraged to see so many young people getting their shot.

AILEEN MARTY: They recognize that it's serious and I applaud them, not only because they're taking care of themselves, but because their actions is helping to take care of their loved ones, who may be more vulnerable than they are.

JESSICA VALLEJO: And just a reminder, if you are 16 or 17, you are eligible to get a Pfizer vaccine. You could get a Pfizer vaccine at the Hard Rock Stadium. However, it is by appointment only. We're live in Miami. Jessica Vallejo, CBS 4 News.

- Jessica, thank you.