COVID Vaccine Demand Remains High After Eligibility Age Drop

CBS4's Ted Scouten shares the details.

Video Transcript

- Right now at 5:00, signs of hope in the race to vaccinate, another day of heavy turnout at South Florida vaccination sites. By 3:30 this afternoon, there were already more than 6,700 shots administered at FEMA run sites in Miami-Dade County.

- It's all happening just days after the governor cleared the way for all adults to get the shot. CBS 4's Ted Scouten joins us from Northwest Miami-Dade with the latest.

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

TED SCOUTEN: A constant flow of people waiting for shots at FEMA's Miami-Dade College North Campus vaccination site.

- Everybody got their idea in hand?

TED SCOUTEN: That line began before the doors opened in the morning. Since the age dropped to 18 and up, demand has been high.

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

TED SCOUTEN: 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 Uber 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.

TED SCOUTEN: Ted Fernandez is 23. He came as quickly as he could too. He's happy he got the one and done Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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

TED SCOUTEN: The FEMA sites as well as Hard Rock Stadium report record days with all adults now eligible. Monday hit a high of 10,193 vaccinations. 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.

TED SCOUTEN: Dr. Aileen Marty is an infectious disease expert at Florida International University. She's encouraged seeing so many young people rolling up their sleeves.

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.

TED SCOUTEN: And again, a reminder here at the Miami-Dade College North Campus, they are doing first doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine as well as second doses of Pfizer. The folks who are getting those second doses, they're advised to come later in the afternoon to avoid some of those lines. In North West Miami-Dade, Ted Scouten. CBS 4 News.