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Race To Vaccinate: Florida COVID-19 Vaccinations Open To Those 18 And Older

MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Another big step in Florida's race to vaccinate.

As of Monday, April 5th, everyone 18 and older in the state is eligible for a shot. Also, 16 and 17-year-olds can get the Pfizer vaccine.

"Sixteen and 17-year-olds will be able to get the vaccines with the following conditions: You must be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian and they must have proof that they are your parent or guardian. It can be a birth certificate or a court document. Guardian or parents must also remain with their child through the whole entire process," said Mike Jachles, vaccination site spokesman.

The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are only available for those over the age of 18.

Starting on Tuesday, the FEMA-funded site at Miami Dade College's North Campus will only be administering Johnson & Johnson vaccines to individuals coming to get their first dose. So Monday is the only day 16 and 17-year-olds can get the shot there.

Sophia Chebli, who is under 18, was able to get her first Pfizer vaccine at the site.

"It was fine, just like the flu shot, just a little prick," she said.

Chebli said when she found out last week she could get a shot, she was more than ready.

"I was so excited. My mom told me last week because we knew my sister was going to be able to come because she's 18 and she was like 'oh 16-year-olds can come' and I was kinda freaked out. I was so excited to get it," she said.

Unlike the large supply of the Pfizer vaccine, there will only be 3000 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine administered per day at the Miami Dade College site. The switch to the one-dose vaccine will help make the process more efficient.

"It will help streamline it and basically it gives us double the capacity because we are not accommodating second dose shots. We are able to do first dose shots, a one-time visit, and it helps cut down on the traffic and helps get more shots out there," said Jachles.

Anyone receiving their second shot at MDC North should come later in the day due to the expected high first dose turnout. Regardless of their second shot appointment time, they will still get it later in the day.

Hard Rock Stadium will be administering Pfizer vaccines, but the site is by appointment only.

Floridians can register for an appointment by calling: 866-201-6313, or 844-252-2003 for TTY users. Pre-registration can also be done by going to Once pre-registered, they'll be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area.

Vaccines are also available at these locations.

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