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Coronavirus Live Updates: CVS, Navarro Join Other Florida Pharmacies Offering Walk-in COVID Vaccinations

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International student/athlete Nils Buecheler, 20, left, gets his vaccination shot by UF pharmacy student Jason Rodriguez, right, at the Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center in Miami, Florida. On Thursday, April15, 2021, Jackson launched a COVID-19 vaccination initiative with colleges and universities in Miami-Dade County, which include Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College and University of Miami. Through this partnership, students who are Florida residents, as well as out-of-state and international students, are allowed to sign up for a COVID vaccine appointment via our online portal.

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CVS, Navarro Join Other Florida Pharmacies Offering Walk-in COVID Vaccinations

Updated Wednesday at 4 p.m.

All CVS, CVS y mas and Navarro Discount Pharmacies in Florida are now offering walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations. The change comes a day after President Joe Biden issued a federal mandate requiring pharmacies in the federal retail pharmacy program to offer walk-in vaccinations.

CVS Health, which owns all three stores, made the announcement in a news release Wednesday, May 5. Same-day appointments will also be available online at CVS.com. There are 782 stores in Florida.

Same-day vaccination appointments also began Wednesday at all Walgreens stores in Florida. Some Walgreen stores last week began accepting walk-ins, including in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

— By Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald

Florida Adds More Than 4,300 New Cases, 79 New Resident Deaths

Updated Wednesday at 3:25 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed an additional 4,394 positive cases of COVID-19 Wednesday. The state has a total of 2,253,929 confirmed positive cases, according to the state's health department.

Wednesday's update also included the announcement of 79 new resident deaths, increasing the statewide number of Floridians who died to 35,478. Factoring in non-resident deaths the number of deaths due to COVID-19 is 36,184.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties make up 11,921 of those reported deaths. Monroe County has reported 49 deaths due to COVID-19.

— WLRN News

Don’t Pitch Your Mask Just Yet. You’ll Still Need It Most Places

Updated Wednesday at 6:20 a.m.

Supermarkets, schools, big-box stores, malls and stadiums all will require people to wear masks even though the governor has declared that Florida no longer faces a coronavirus emergency.

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week wiped away COVID-19 orders that cities and counties had put in place for safety, but many businesses say they won’t bend their policies. They’re still able to require masks, just like they require shirts and shoes.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

— By Lisa J. Huriash and Wells Dusenbury / Sun Sentinel

Miami International Airport Offering COVID-19 Vaccines To Florida Passengers, Employees

Updated Wednesday at 6:41 a.m.

Starting Monday, anyone who lives or works in Florida will be able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine while waiting for their next flight at Miami International Airport. So can airport employees, their family and friends.

First-dose Pfizer vaccinations will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 14, at two different locations in the airport:

▪ Concourse D (American Airlines area), 4th Floor Auditorium, upstairs from Door 1, which is visible from the curbside area., and is pre-security.

▪ 75 Bus Road (MIA taxi overflow lot). This is a drive-thru location.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

— By Michelle Marchante / Miami Herald