MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade is making progress on getting its residents vaccinated for COVID-19 but more needs to be done.
On Wednesday, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said one million county residents had received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava Adopts 2 Cats During 'National Adopt A Shelter Cat Month'
“This milestone shows just how far we have come in our efforts to protect our community and put the pandemic behind us. I’m forever grateful to all the frontline health workers and first responders who have kept us safe throughout this crisis – and whose hard work to get shots in arms is moving us closer to the end of the pandemic every single day,” she said in a statement.
“To all those who haven’t yet received their shot, please get vaccinated. It’s truly our best shot to protect ourselves and loved ones and move our community forward,” she added.
To that end, on Thursday Jackson Health System launched a new initiative to get college students vaccinated.
They’ve partnered with universities and colleges in Miami-Dade, including Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College, and the University of Miami to get shots in arms.
Students who are Florida residents, as well as out-of-state and international students, are now allowed to sign up for a COVID vaccine appointment via Jackson Health’s online portal.
Students who are not Florida residents will be required to show a valid student ID, along with a driver’s license or passport.
Jackson Health is administering the Pfizer vaccine at three locations; Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center, Jackson South Medical Center, and North Dade Health Center.READ MORE: Operation Summer Heat Arrest Nets Man Wanted In Case Of Drive-Thru ATM Deadly Shooting
Barry University student A J Joshway was among the first to get a shot Thursday.
“It makes me feel encouraged to venture out,” he says
College campus life has been transformed since the pandemic began. Many campuses in South Florida are ghost towns, as courses moved online and futures were put on hold.
Nios Buezhner says he spent last semester at home in Germany. He’s back now at Barry University and says getting vaccinated will help him and other student-athletes restart their careers.
“We are still in danger but if we can get to not having to wear a mask it will go a long way. It’s hard-working out with a mask,” he says.
Since beginning its public vaccination program in January, Jackson Health has forged partnerships with houses of worship, non-profits, community groups, Miami-Dade schools, fire departments, and law enforcement agencies to help get their members vaccinated.
Their focus on reaching people in historically underserved communities has been successful, with more than 50,000 people vaccinated through this outreach effort.MORE NEWS: Philips Recalling Ventilators, CPAP Machines Over Cancer-Causing Toxic Foam Concerns
Overall, in the last four months, Jackson Health has vaccinated more than 160,000 people at their three vaccination sites and administered nearly 289,000 total shots.