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South Florida Race To Vaccinate Picking Up Steam

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Representatives from FEMA, the Florida Department of Emergency Management, and the department of defense got a first-hand look at the federally-supported vaccination site at Miami Dade College North Campus on Friday.

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JARED MOSKOWITZ: As we get to potentially April 5, where there's going to be a lower age range, we go to 18 or older, we're looking to take more sites to just walk ups and get rid of the appointment model.

- Now to the latest in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. As the eligibility expands across South Florida, it is a waiting game to see if the demand will rise too. Now, starting Monday, anybody 40 and up in Florida can get a shot.

- CBS 4's Ted Scouten spoke to the outgoing head of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, about what's being done to make sure Floridians get their vaccinations as easy and as quickly as possible.

DINAH DORVIL: Yeah, I'm happy I came early. My appointment was for 7:00 PM tonight, and there was no way.

TED SCOUTEN: Dinah Dorvil is a teacher who just got her second vaccination shot at the Miami Dade College North Campus. She's here as officials from FEMA and the state toured the site. Emergency Management director Jared Moskowitz said they are making sure that everyone has good access to vaccinations.

JARED MOSKOWITZ: Examining, obviously, all the different things that the state is doing to make sure that our underserved, our socially vulnerable, our minority communities are getting access to the vaccine.

TED SCOUTEN: Dorvil tells us the key to getting more people vaccinated is education.

DINAH DORVIL: You know, even I was apprehensive in the beginning. But you know, you have to do your research. I changed my mind and decided that I would get vaccinated after all.

TED SCOUTEN: Monday, the eligibility age drops to 40 and above. A week later, any adult in Florida who wants a shot will be eligible.

JARED MOSKOWITZ: We'll see when we lower the age what kind of demand we're going to have. We're not going to have the same sort of demand we had in the 65 and older group. But we'll have to see what kind of demand that we have.

TED SCOUTEN: Moskowitz said the goal is to get as many people vaccinated as possible. The state plans to review how sites are run.

JARED MOSKOWITZ: As we get to potentially April 5, where there's going to be a lower age range, we go to 18 or older we're looking to take more sites to just walk-ups and get rid of the appointment model.

TED SCOUTEN: And Moskowitz said the community outreach will continue taking shots directly to underserved communities.

JARED MOSKOWITZ: And we got sites all over the place now. Overtown, Hialeah, we're opening up a lot more of these smaller sites, bridging the digital divide, taking the computers out of it. Come when you want.

TED SCOUTEN: The bottom line for many who are opting to get vaccinated, they want life to get back to normal safely.

RAIXA RAFULS: I feel that it's going to give us some more sense of what we used to have, normalcy around, and we're not going to be very paranoid every time we hear a cough or a sneeze. So it makes us feel more at ease being vaccinated.

TED SCOUTEN: Again, Monday is the big day. That's when the eligibility age drops to 40 and above. A week later, any adult in Florida who wants to get a vaccine will have the opportunity to do so. In Northwest Miami-Dade, Ted Scouten, CBS 4 News.