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PortMiami begins cruise ship crew vaccination

PortMiami expects to vaccinate approximately 900 cruise ship crew this week
Miami-Dade County and Nomi Health started to provide cruise ship crew members with COVID-19 vaccination at PortMiami on Saturday.

This will continue throughout the week. 

The effort follows the pop-up vaccination clinic hosted earlier this week serving PortMiami employees and all members of the community.

900 crew set for shots this week

Approximately 900 crew members are expected to be vaccinated this week. 

Key to getting people back to work

'Vaccinating crew members is key to getting passenger cruises safely sailing again, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work — including tens of thousands here in our community,' Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said. 'Miami-Dade County is committed to getting shots in arms and to making vaccination as accessible as possible for all, particularly the workers who power our economy.'

Crew vaccination became possible after Florida expanded vaccine eligibility to include individuals who are in the state for the purpose of providing goods or services to benefit residents and visitors.

Port Canaveral already started providing the shots to cruise ship crew on Friday, and Texas port Galveston plans to do so on Monday