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How to get coronavirus vaccines in Miami-Dade County

Appointments still in high demand; here’s who is offering them to seniors

More vaccine appointments are coming available for South Florida senior citizens, though the demand still exceeds the supply.
More vaccine appointments are coming available for South Florida senior citizens, though the demand still exceeds the supply. (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Look below for details on locations where COVID-19 vaccines are being administered in Miami-Dade County and how to make appointments.

Federal mass vaccination site

A mass vaccination site supported by FEMA and the federal government is open at Miami Dade College’s North Campus (11380 NW 27th Ave.).

It operates seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is now planned to remain open until May 26.

To preregister on the statewide system, residents can go to myvaccine.fl.gov or call the designated phone number for their county.

Hard Rock Stadium and Marlins Park

The state has set up drive-through vaccination sites at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens and at Marlins Park in Miami.

Appointments are no longer required for vaccines at Hard Rock Stadium as of April 12. However, those wanting a shot need to preregister at commvax.patientportalfl.com.

Starting April 12, the hours at Hard Rock Stadium are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. They plan to do 3,000 Pfizer first doses every day, and almost 2,000 second doses daily.

Marlins Park is still requiring appointments. You can preregister for an appointment at myvaccine.fl.gov.

County sites

Appointments are no longer needed for vaccines at the county-run sites at Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and Homestead Sports Complex.

For a faster registration process, though, residents are encouraged to sign up for appointments available both same-day and in coming days at miamidade.gov/vaccine or by calling 305-614-2014.

The county’s website is also available in Spanish at miamidade.gov/vacuna and in Haitian Creole at miamidade.gov/vaksen.

Dolphin Mall

A new vaccination site has opened in the valet area near Cheesecake Factory at Dolphin Mall (11401 NW 12th St.) It is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., administering Pfizer first and second doses

Appointments are not required but you are encouraged to pre-register online or by calling 305-614-2014.

Aventura Mall

A vaccination has opened at Aventura Mall (19501 Biscayne Blvd.). Enter on NE 29 Court near Citibank.

The site is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., administering the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments are not required but you are encouraged to pre-register online here or by calling 305-614-2014 to save time on-site.

Miami International Airport (limited dates)

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available at Miami International Airport on certain dates starting May 10.

Employees and passengers living or working in Florida will have access May 10-14, June 1-4, and June 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

MIA will have two vaccination sites during those dates and times:

  • Concourse D, 4th Floor Auditorium, upstairs from Door 1
  • Drive-through location: 75 Bus Road, Miami, FL 33102 (MIA taxi overflow lot)

For more information, click here.

PortMiami

Terminal J at PortMiami is now open for vaccines, with no appointment necessary. It’ll be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, with Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines offered based on availability.

FDOH sites

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is opening appointments for the Pfizer vaccine for the week of May 10-14 at the following locations:

  • Health District Center, 1350 NW 14 Street, Miami, 33125; Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Little Haiti Clinic, 300 NE 80 Terrace, Miami, 33138; Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • West Perrine Clinic, 18255 Homestead Avenue, Miami, 33157; Monday through Friday

To schedule an appointment, follow the following link on Google Chrome https://public.domo.com/cards/v2mAg

All individuals 16 years of age or older are welcome to make an appointment. Minors 16-17 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian with them at the time of the appointment. As per State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees’ Public Health Advisory issued April 29, vaccine access and eligibility is expanded to any individual in Florida who is present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the state.

Other state facilities

Florida Memorial University opened April 13 as a state-sponsored COVID-19 vaccination site, operational from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. The FMU site is located on the south side of the Lou Rawls Center for the Performing Arts in Miami Gardens. Appointments are not required, and the Moderna vaccine is available on a first-come, first-served basis to people 18 and older.

Two other state-run vaccination sites opened Feb. 25:

Oak Grove Park – Father Gerard Jean-Juste Community Center 690 NE 159th Street, Miami.

Overtown – Parking Lot 1551 NW 1st Ave., Miami.

Visit https://myvaccine.fl.gov/ or call 866-201-6313 to pre-register for an appointment at any of the state-run vaccination sites.

Local pharmacies

Starting on March 1 (with appointments available online Feb. 26), all Publix pharmacies in the state are now administering vaccines. For more info and to make an appointment, visit publix.com/covidvaccine.

Pharmacies at certain Walmart, Sam’s Club and Winn-Dixie locations in the state are also offering vaccines. For more information, click here.

CVS pharmacies are also adding vaccinations at many locations. People must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app, and people without online access can contact CVS customer service at 800-746-7287.

Jackson Health System

Jackson Health System said that starting April 20, appointments are no longer necessary and that Florida residents and college students can walk up to their three vaccination sites to receive Pfizer shots.

The locations are:

  • Christine E.. Lynn Rehabilitation Center, 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami
  • North Dade Health Center, 16555 NW 25th Ave., Miami Gardens
  • Jackson South Medical Center, 9333 SW 152nd St., Kendall

People with appointments will however be prioritized and the last daily appointment will be at 2:45 p.m.

For more info, check JacksonHealth.org.

Baptist Health

The Miami-based health system began taking appointments in January Go to baptisthealth.net to sign up.

Leon Medical Centers

Leon Medical Centers announced they would be vaccinating their patients and front-line staff.

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Nicklaus is offering vaccines to people ages 16 to 21 with specific conditions that make them vulnerable to COVID-19.

Appointment requests can be submitted at Nicklauschildrens.org/Covid19Vaccine beginning Monday, March 8.

For more info, click here.

MD Now Urgent Care

MD Now Urgent Care is offering vaccines at a number of South Florida clinics, including one in Le Jeune (150 NW 42nd Ave., Miami) that is administering Moderna shots and another in West Flagler (9971 W. Flagler St. B-240, Miami) that is doing Johnson & Johnson shots.

The vaccines are done as walk-ins as supplies last.

MD Now is following state and local eligibility requirements and patients must have verified insurance coverage. For a list of accepted insurance plans, click here.

Other MD Now clinics in South Florida offering vaccines are in Tamarac (4640 West Commercial Blvd.), Dania Beach (1780 Stirling Rd #105), Margate (2980 U.S. 441), East Boynton Beach (1625 South Federal Highway) and West Palm Beach (2007 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.).

Homebound seniors

Homebound senior citizens can now send an email to the state to request a COVID-19 vaccine.

The email address is HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com to make a request.

If you are a homebound veteran of World War II or the Korean War, you can apply for a vaccine through the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affair. Visit floridavets.org/homeboundveterans to apply for this program.

Miami-Dade County has been providing vaccines directly to homebound seniors who live in county facilities or receive county services and wish to be vaccinated.

People who are eligible were being contacted directly by the county.

Individual cities

Hialeah: The City of Hialeah has launched three vaccination centers:

  • Bucky Dent Park 2250 W 60 St Hialeah, FL 33016
  • Babcock Park 651 E 4 Ave, Hialeah FL 33010
  • Milander Center 4800 Palm Ave, Hialeah FL 33012

For more information, visit hialeahfl.gov.

Opa-locka: A walk-in site is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Helen L. Miller Center (2331 NW 143rd St.) for eligible members of the community. The site is staffed by multilingual clinical staff who will be administering the Pfizer vaccine. No appointment or insurance required. While pre-registration is not required, it is encouraged at commvax.patientportalfl.com. For more info, call 844-770-8548.

Doral: The City of Doral is hosting the Florida Department of Health at Doral Legacy Park on Friday, March 26, to administer vaccines to those meeting the governor’s requirements. Appointments will be made on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. To make an appointment email constituentservices@cityofdoral.com. Please include your name, date of birth and phone number and someone will call you to schedule your appointment. When heading to the park, those receiving vaccines should bring their ID to confirm their age, and/or documentation to prove their eligibility.

Miami Gardens: A vaccination site is now open at Brentwood Pool, 18800 NW 28th Place. The site will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with no appointment required.

FOR MORE INFORMATION on vaccines in Miami-Dade County, click here.

The state health department has also dedicated a 24/7 call center for questions regarding COVID-19. Call 1-866-779-6121 or email at COVID19@flhealth.gov.

ALSO SEE: Where are the Broward County COVID-19 vaccination sites?


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David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.