Another shipment of coronavirus vaccines will be coming to Hard Rock Stadium, Marlins Park and Jackson Health, but Miami-Dade County’s own distribution program will be receiving zero shots for new patients from the state next week, county emergency management director Frank Rollason said Thursday.

About 7,000 shots apiece are expected at the state-run Hard Rock Stadium and Marlins Park sites next week, and 8,000 are headed to the Jackson system.

But don’t expect to see more appointments available via the county’s website for next week at Tropical Park or Zoo Miami.

“We are not going to get any for our sites,” Rollason said. “That being the case, we have what is planned out for the balance of this week and the opening Friday for the zoo. We will make it through the weekend, and then for all intents and purposes, we will be closed.

“And that’s the way the state is operating. In other words, you run out of the vaccine, and that’s the objective, to get as many people vaccinated as you can. You don’t try to stretch it out over a large period of time. And we’re doing that largely.”

The supply Rollason is discussing is for first shots through the county’s distribution, and does not involve supplies that may be going to hospitals, churches and other locations within the county next week. The county is still expecting to receive the needed second shots for patients who have received the first.

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The scheduled Jackson allotment of 8,000 shots for next week is about half of what it has been the past few weeks.

Zoo Miami opens Friday as a county-run vaccination site. There will be no COVID-19 testing there, just vaccines. Tropical Park had already opened as a county-run vaccine distribution location.

Zoo Miami’s operation will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There were 250 appointments available for Friday, 500 on Saturday and 500 on Sunday, a spokeswoman for Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

All appointments were to be made online on the county’s website, where new reservations have been scooped up in minutes every time they’ve been posted.

Earlier this week, Cava said the county would be reaching out to people who have received their first vaccine shot from Miami-Dade’s program to make an appointment for the second shot. She expressed that the county had been told that inventory should be available from the state.


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