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. – COVID-19 vaccinations are underway in Florida for people ages 65 and older, in addition to long-term care facility residents and staff, and healthcare workers with direct contact to coronavirus patients.

“We have heard loudly and clearly from our seniors that you are ready for the vaccine,” Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said.

The number of doses is still far short of the demand, but the vaccination efforts in the county are ramping up.

They aspire to reach 65,000-75,000 shots administered a week, and the hope is to get the majority of the county’s seniors their first shot by early February.

Below are details for locations where vaccinations are already being administered to the general senior citizen population, or where appointments can be made.

Please note: Vaccines are by appointment only and info is subject to change.

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.

Anyone who qualifies must first make an appointment by calling 1-888-499-0840. A hearing-impaired number is available at 1-888-256-8918.

County website

Miami-Dade County has a scheduling tool at miamidade.gov/vaccine where a limited number of appointments have been made available for distribution at Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and Miami Dade College North Campus.

The county has also added a phone number you can call to sign up for appointments (when available): 305-614-2014

You can click here to access a registration page on the county’s website, though appointments will not always available. The county says to “check back periodically as additional vaccines become available.”

These shots come in partnership with Baptist Health South Florida and the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade.

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

Baptist Health

The Miami-based health system began taking appointments Friday, Jan. 8 for 12,000 slots for COVID-19 vaccinations starting Monday, Jan. 10.

Go to baptisthealth.net to sign up.

UPDATE: Baptist announced Jan. 19 that “due to COVID-19 vaccine supply constraints, we must suspend all first-dose vaccinations for the community. Any appointments booked for January 20 and all later dates are now canceled, and we are not taking any new appointments. Second-dose appointments will not be affected.”

Jackson Health System

Jackson Health System on Jan. 5 launched an online platform for Miami-Dade County residents ages 65 or older to request a vaccination appointment. The initial wave of appointments all filled up in less than two hours, the hospital system said.

They encourage checking back at JacksonHealth.org for further updates.

On Friday (Jan. 8), the hospital system said it had received more doses and planned to contact 10,000 of its patients who are eligible for vaccines to offer them appointments. If spots remain after Sunday evening, they will be made available to the general senior population.

Mount Sinai Medical Center

Mount Sinai Medical Center began providing Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to first responders in Miami-Dade and people who are 65 years and older.

But because of supply constraints, Mount Sinai has suspended first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations, effective Jan. 23.

First-dose appointments scheduled after Jan. 22 are canceled and no new appointments will be offered for the time being.

People who are already scheduled for second-dose appointments with Mount Sinai will not be affected.

Walk-ins will not be accepted. For more information, click here.

Leon Medical Centers

Leon Medical Centers announced they will begin to vaccinate their patients and front-line staff Tuesday afternoon.

Homebound seniors in public facilities

Miami-Dade County says it will provide vaccines directly to homebound seniors 65 and older 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.

Senior living communities

Some senior living communities may offer vaccinations to people who live there. Please check with your community individually.

What happens after the first shot?

The COVID-19 vaccines require a second shot, and Miami-Dade County has said it will reach out to any patient who received their first shot through the county to set up an appointment for a second shot.

If you got vaccinated at a state-run facility like Hard Rock Stadium or Marlins Park, a department of health representative will reach out to you to set up the second appointment.

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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