Port Canaveral hosting COVID-19 vaccine drive-up clinic

No appointment required for anyone 18 or older interested in getting Moderna vaccine

Port Canaveral predicts $43 million in losses due to coronavirus pandemic
Port Canaveral predicts $43 million in losses due to coronavirus pandemic

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – Port Canaveral officials announced details Tuesday for an upcoming COVID-19 vaccine drive-up clinic at the port.

The drive-up clinic at the Cruise Terminal 1 Parking Garage on Discovery Road is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, May 10. There will be a break from noon to 1 p.m.

No appointment is required for anyone 18 or older who is interested in getting a Moderna vaccine.

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The second shot of the Moderna vaccine will be administered on June 9.

The clinic is designed to make the vaccine more accessible for cruise line workers and other staff in Port Canaveral.

Surgeon General. Dr. Scott Rivkees recently issued a health advisory expanding the eligibility of the vaccine to non-Florida residents providing good and services in the state which includes cruise line workers.

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The health advisory issued by Rivkees can be read at this link.

“We have been working closely with our cruise partners, the Florida Department of Health, and our port community to come up with a plan and timeline of vaccinating cruise ship crews that could begin the process for a safe return to cruising,” Port CEO Capt. John Murray said in a statement. “This expanded eligibility is significantly important for our cruise tourism business, and we’re proud of our efforts to help get this industry up and running.”

Port officials said they developed their vaccination model with help from the Parrish Healthcare Center, Canaveral Fire Rescue and medical personal with the cruise lines.

Approximately 1,000 vaccinations can be administered per day for crew members, shoreside support and waterside support.

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said vaccinated crews of cruise ships will be able to sail as early as the middle of July if all the passengers have been vaccinated.


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