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Free flu shot program ends in Miami-Dade public schools, but one city is pushing back

Miami Beach Commissioner Mark Samuelian called the abrupt cancellation of the program a “public health issue” and said he planned to introduce an item during the city’s Jan. 15 commission meeting to direct the city to pay for flu vaccines for public school students in Miami Beach.

Samuelian said his office was in communication with the district to allow Miami Beach to pay for its own vaccine program.

“We’re hopeful that this will come together because it’s the right thing to do for the kids,” Samuelian said. “We have communicated to the school board that the city of Miami Beach would like to fund this vaccine for the schools here in Miami Beach. We are hopeful that they will take us up on that offer.”

He said he expected to see “multiple” commissioners agree to back his item. Mayor Dan Gelber said he would support such a proposal.

December 19, 2019 | Miami Herald | Free flu shot program ends in Miami-Dade public schools, but one city is pushing back