Miami Heat hosts free COVID vaccination event at FTX Arena, urges first responders to get vaccinated – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Heat is helping get more shots in the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
On Thursday, they are hosting a vaccination event in event space 601 at the FTX Arena for first responders and the general public.
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The Heat said they were inspired to host the event after the COVID-19 committee of the Miami-Dade Police Chiefs Association appealed to its law enforcement and corrections members for them to be vaccinated against this potentially fatal viral disease.
“Here we have something where we can undo what is happening in these deaths in the line of duty and unfortunately a majority does not take it. I also talk to my siblings in corrections, maybe more because they’re inside, ”said El Portal Police Chief Dave Magnusson, COVID-19 committee chair.
Magnusson said the coronavirus is the leading cause of death among police officers state and nationwide.
The Heat said the idea behind the event was to protect law enforcement so they can protect the community.
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Miami Police Major Al Guerra was one of the law enforcement personnel who rolled up their sleeves to shoot.
“After talking to a number of people in the medical field and what really surrendered my decision was my dad. He just went through COVID, it didn’t go well, he didn’t die thank God, but he didn’t have a good crash with COVID. After asking him if he would have been vaccinated, given his experience, he mentioned that he would, ”Guerra said.
The event is open to anyone aged 12 and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Those who go must bring their government-issued photo ID, including those under the age of 18.
The Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being administered. A second event will take place on October 7 to administer the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
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Free parking is available in the P2 parking garage. The event will run until 5 p.m.