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Coronavirus Live Updates: Farmworker Community In Palm Beach County Demands COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

Miami-Dade County's vaccination appointment site.
Miami-Dade County's vaccination appointment site.

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Farmworker Community In Palm Beach County Demands COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

Updated Monday at 2 p.m.

The Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth Beach, and other farming community groups, signed a formal letter to Governor Ron DeSantis to prioritize farmworkers for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Some of the groups who’ve signed on include the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Florida Farmworker Association, WeCount, and Americans for Immigrant Justice.

The center says it saw a 30% infection rate among the 600 agricultural workers and families. The center says essential workers in rural areas need access to better health care, expansion of COVID-19 test sites, and access to the COVID-19 vaccine — independent of a workers’ immigrant status.

Agriculture is Florida’s second largest industry behind tourism.

— Wilkine Brutus / WLRN News

Updated Monday at 9:15 a.m.

More Vaccination Appointments Available In Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County will release another round of COVID-19 vaccination appointments for seniors 65 years or older. To sign up for an appointment, visit miamidade.gov/vaccine.

— WLRN News

Updated Monday at 7:45 a.m.

No COVID Testing At Hard Rock Stadium Because Of Football

COVID-19 testing is canceled Monday at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens because of the Alabama-Ohio State college football championship game, officials say. The stadium’s vaccination site will close early at noon.

The testing drive-thru site is closed because the space is needed for Monday night’s game, a spokeswoman for Florida’s Division of Emergency Management said. COVID-19 vaccination appointments will run from 9 a.m. to noon.

Hard Rock Stadium has been a popular COVID-19 testing site in Miami-Dade County through the pandemic. It has previously closed early to make room for Dolphins and Hurricanes football games. While the stadium attendance is limited due to COVID distancing rules, more than 10,000 fans are expected Monday to watch the No. 1 Crimson Tide and the No. 3 Buckeyes for the 8 p.m. kickoff.

— Michelle Marchante / The Miami Herald

Read more from our news partner The Miami Herald