Miami to give Covid vaccine at airport, New York plans to offer it to tourists

Miami International Airport will begin offering vaccines on Monday (10). Local officials and travelers who live or work in Florida can be vaccinated.

The vaccination will take place at two points at the airport, from May 10 to 14, June 1 to 4 and June 7 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Airport stations will offer Pfizer vaccines, administered in two doses. In the United States, the second injection must be given 21 days after the first.

In Florida, doses of the vaccine are available to all local residents and workers over the age of 16. Each state determines the rules for applying the immunizer.

In New York, the city announced Thursday (6) its intention to offer the vaccine to tourists, in emblematic points of the city, such as Central Park, the Empire State and Times Square. The injections will be applied to the vans positioned at these locations. The immunizer used will be Janssen’s, which requires only one dose.

“Come here for sure, it’s a great place, and we’ll take care of you,” Mayor Bill de Blasio (Democrat) said when announcing the project.

The plan does not yet have a date to go into effect, as it is dependent on New York State approval. Under current rules, only local residents and workers can be vaccinated.

Miami and New York want to speed up the return of tourists. In 2019, NY welcomed 66.6 million travelers. The city’s tourism agency expects 36.4 million people to visit it in 2021, with tourism not returning to pre-pandemic levels until 2024.

Until Thursday (6), the United States had already applied at least one dose of the vaccine to 149.4 million people (45% of the population). And 108.9 million (32% of the total) are already fully vaccinated. The country started vaccinating against Covid in December.

In Brazil, which began vaccination in January, 34.2 million (21% of adults) took the first dose and 17.3 million (10.7% of adults) took the second dose.

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