FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) - The Florida Department of Health in Broward has opened a new COVID-19 vaccination site at Snyder Park in Fort Lauderdale.
The site, at 3299 SW 4th Avenue, will take only those who have already made appointments. It's expected to deliver 500 shots per day.
Officials opted for the new site after traffic congestion led to heavy back-ups at Holiday Park which is no longer providing vaccinations or conducting COVID-19 testing. The city said the new location will provide enhanced service and traffic flow.
Monday saw longer than expected lines at the park as some people showed up without appointments.
"We'd like to give a vaccine to anybody who shows up but the reality is that we can not. We have to abide by the protocols set up by the governor's office and the department of health and we are doing our best to measure up to those expectations," said Mayor Dean Trantalis.
The park's main entrance is closed all traffic except for vaccine appointments. All park areas will remain open for recreational activities, accessible by foot or bike. Parkgoers can park in the Dog Park parking lot.
People ages 65 and older, and frontline healthcare workers, can call (866) 201-6313 to request an appointment. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is (833) 476-1526.
When people call, they will be asked through an automated system to enter information using their telephone keypad. Live agents will call people back to make appointments until all current appointments are filled.
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People who received their first COVID-19 vaccine at Holiday Park should go to Snyder Park to receive their second dose, 21 days later, on the date written on their appointment card at the time they arrived for their first dose. These individuals don't need to make a new appointment.
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