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Miami Beach will administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the 16th Street beach access point

  • Miami Beach will administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the 16th Street beach access point
    The pop-up event is one way city leaders are trying to boost vaccination rates among younger people. Miami Beach will administer Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the 16th Street beach access point
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Sunscreen, cold water and an RV packed with COVID-19 vaccines will await beach-goers Sunday when the state’s pop-up vaccination program goes to the sands of South Beach.

Starting at 10 a.m., a one-time vaccination site - made possible by Miami Beach Commissioner David Richardson and the Florida Division of Emergency Management - will administer up to 250 Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the 16th Street beach access point. Richardson said the agency told him Sunday’s event will be the first pop-up at any Florida beach.

The goal, Richardson said, is to entice younger people to get vaccinated by making it convenient for them, though people of all eligible ages can receive a shot.

“I think it’ll be more younger people,” he said. "I'm excited about trying this to see if it works."

The pop-up event is one way city leaders are trying to boost vaccination rates among younger people.