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Residents, fans receive COVID-19 vaccines at Olympic baseball qualifier game in Port St. Lucie

300 doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccine made available
Posted at 9:25 PM, Jun 02, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-02 23:28:57-04

PORT ST LUCIE, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County and World Governing Body of Baseball and Softball teamed up Wednesday to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at Clover Park.

The park planned to host a doubleheader with the late game between Team USA and Puerto Rico scheduled for first pitch at 7 p.m. That game was canceled because of rain.

At the clinic, close to 300 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were available.

"I'm just so excited," said Roberta Hubert, who received the shot. "Having the vaccine is just the best. It doesn't hurt whatsoever."

Residents did not have to have tickets to either game to get the vaccine.

"I would have taken any of them, but as I said, I wasn't allowed to take the other two because of my allergies," said Hubert.

"We figured vaccinating at a large sporting event, especially one as prestigious as an Olympic qualifier, would be a great way to garner lots of spectators," said Nicole Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County.

Rodriguez said nearly 50% of those eligible have received the vaccine in St. Lucie County.

"We are not at herd immunity yet," said Rodriguez. "The virus is still active in our community."