Mobile clinic with free vaccines for kids to visit 8 Miami-Dade schools

Miami-Dade County Public Schools partnered with the University of Miami Health System to have the pediatric mobile clinic visit eight schools to provide free vaccines in November.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – Miami-Dade County Public Schools partnered with the University of Miami Health System to have the pediatric mobile clinic visit eight schools in November to provide students with free vaccines.

Students younger than 18 years old must be with a parent or guardian. The clinic will be available to provide the flu vaccine, the school-required vaccines, COVID-19 testing, and the COVID-19 vaccine. The mobile clinic was at Booker T. Washington Senior High School on Monday.

First lady Jill Biden and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy launched a campaign to promote child vaccinations. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra and Education Secretary Miguel Cardona urged school districts to use coronavirus relief funds to support vaccination efforts.

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the Pfizer-BionTech COVID-19 vaccine for minors age 12 and older on May 12 and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that minors age 12 and older get vaccinated against COVID-19 on July 11.

Officials approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children ages 5 to 11 years old on Nov. 2. They will receive a separate vaccine formulation of the vaccine with a smaller needle.

This week’s schedule

The mobile clinic is scheduled to make a stop from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., on Tuesday at John F. Kennedy Middle. The clinic will be at North Miami Senior High School for two days: from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday.

Next week’s schedule

  • 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., on Nov. 16, at Arch Creek Elementary
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 17 at Gertrude K. Edelman/Sabal Palm Elementary
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Linda Lentil K-8 Center
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 20 at John F. Kennedy Middle
  • 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Dr. Rolando Espinosa K-8 Center
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 24 at South Miami Heights Elementary
  • 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 29 at Booker T. Washington Senior High
  • 12:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 30 at John F. Kennedy Middle

For more information about the mobile clinic or to schedule an appointment, call 305-243-2059. The Florida Department of Health has a vaccine consent form for parents and guardians of minors.

COVID FACTS

  • Minors can get sick and can spread the virus to others.
  • Minors with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness and could require hospitalization.
  • Minors with COVID-19 can develop a multisystem inflammatory syndrome, a rare but serious condition. Half of the minors with MIS were aged 5 to 13.

PANDEMIC DATA

  • More than 60,330 people have died of COVID-19 in Florida since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  • The CDC reported 576 minors have died of COVID during 2020 and 2021 so far in the U.S., including 49 minors in Florida. Thirty out of the 49 dead were girls.

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