Mayor Daniella Levine Cava At COVID Vaccination Pop-Up Event At PortMiami – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade Mayoress Daniella Levine Cava stopped by in PortMiami Wednesday morning where a pop-up vaccination station shot the dock workers and anyone who wanted one.
“My new motto is that no arms are left behind,” she said.
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The Port Miami location is open until 4:00 p.m. without an appointment and contains both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The mayor’s office said the website can offer up to 750 recordings.
“It feels great, I barely even realized I got it,” said Ancil Hunter, who got his vaccine on Wednesday. Hunter said he plans to travel once he’s fully vaccinated.
Rafi Bendavid, whose son works for Royal Caribbean, also visited the pop-up site on Wednesday.
“He knew I had to get the shot, so he told me the company was offering for the families and if I wanted to take it I said yes, of course,” he said.
A spokesman for Mayor Levine Cava told CBS4 that the Port Miami vaccination team will return to the same location when people get their second dose of vaccine.
The Port Miami site isn’t the only pop-up site you’ll see in Miami-Dade County.
“We will also run pop-ups across the county, in places where people gather,” Mayor Levine Cava said on Wednesday. “Shopping centers, universities, big construction sites. We are going to the airport and will be at the airport in May. Wherever people are gathered, we want to remove barriers to getting the vaccine. Without this vaccine, nothing will normalize us. “
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The cruise industry, which served as the backdrop for Wednesday’s pop-up site in port, is desperately hoping to get back to normal.
“So we know that very serious talks are under way to get resumed. The CDC recognizes that vaccines are really the crucial change that will allow us to get back to a safe cruise and we are very, very hopeful that we will see a cruise of it this summer, ”said Levine Cava.
Levine Cava added that some of the cruise lines are in talks with the CDC and Miami-Dade County is 100% supportive of them.
“We are trying to bring all of our cruise lines together to speak with one voice because we as a county want to be sure that we are taking the necessary steps to protect our residents, visitors or workers,” she said.
However, travel industry expert Sandra McLemore said it could take a while.
“Now many of the crews have to return to the same safety training and hospitality training. You also have to reload the ships with new provisions, ”she said. “In addition to the general sailing rules, they have to worry about new COVID logs taking place too. There are many changes that passengers can expect when they get back on the ships. But it will take some time. “
McLemore said the cruise companies had studies done by scientists to ensure they could safely resume cruising for their passengers and crew.
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“Now they will rely on technology and new improvements, all backed by science, to do basic things. As with booking your excursion tickets, you can book them on TV using your remote control. You can open your door with a bracelet or an app on your phone. You invest a lot of time, ”she explained.