MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Johnson and Johnson one dose COVID-19 vaccine is proving to be very popular at the FEMA-supported vaccination site at Miami Dade College North Campus.
Wednesday morning a long line formed of people wanting to be one and done. By 10:30 a.m., the site had administered 1,188 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“I waited in line, it went smoothly. I probably waited about an hour in the line and then I was in and out. I feel great,” said Hildelisa Gonzalez.
Gonzalez said she was relieved to get her shot and thought it was great they were using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
“It’s one and done, honestly, just one and done. I don’t have to come back again. I already feel fine, I feel great,” she said.
On Tuesday, the site switched to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine only for those seeking their first dose and continued to administer the Pfizer vaccine to those who showed up for their second shot.
“It will help streamline it and basically it gives us double the capacity because we are not accommodating second dose shots. We are able to do first dose shots, a one-time visit, and it helps cut down on the traffic and helps get more shots out there,” said Mike Jachles, a spokesperson with the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Jachles said they administered 4,010 doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine during the course of the day on Tuesday along with 3,125 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for those getting their second shot. He added that the site was administering about 700 shots per hour.
Those returning for their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine are urged to come later in the day to avoid long lines. Regardless of the time given, they will get their shot as long as they are in line by 7 p.m.
The site will have roughly 3,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine each day.
On Tuesday, they ran out of their allotment by mid-day. The staff, however, was able to secure additional doses to make it through the end of the day.
Tuesday hit a high of 10,200 vaccinations a day at the three FEMA-supported sites and Hard Rock Stadium.
“I think it’s phenomenal that people realize that this is a way to protect themselves and others and they’re taking the initiative, which is very heroic and appropriate for them to do, to go ahead and get vaccinated,” said Dr. Aileen Marty.
Dr. Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, said she’s thrilled to see lines of young and old rolling up their sleeves for protection that saves lives.
“It is incredibly important that we get to the 80 or, ideally, 90 percent of our population with good strong immunity to this horrific virus,” she said.
As of Monday, people 18 and older can get any of the approved COVID-19 vaccines. Those 16 and 17 years old are only eligible to get the Pfizer vaccine.
Those under 18 will not be able to get a shot at the Miami Dade College site because of the switch to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine for first doses.
Vaccines are also available at these locations.