Reminder: Starting Today, All Floridians 16 and Upward Could Get Vaccinated
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At long lastthe day has arrived: One year, one month, and four days following the initial coronavirus case was reported in Florida, the COVID-19 vaccine is currently readily available for most state residents age 16 and older. Starting today, those residents can begin to create appointments or even try their fortune in a first-come, first-serve website, irrespective of their medical history or job. Previously, the shots were only accessible to residents over 40, individuals with high risk health states, and employees in certain jobs, like instruction or policing.If you are new to all this, there are a couple of things to know upfront.First, you are not confined to vaccine websites on your county or city — Florida residents can snag an appointment in any vaccination site from the state. The Pfizer shooter is available to teens as young as 16; to the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, so you ought to be at least 18. You most likely already know, however, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two shots a few weeks apart, although the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been administered in one dose.There are a couple of various approaches you may try to get a vaccine. The majority of the major pharmacy chains are currently taking the vaccine from Florida, such as Publix, Walmart, CVS, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, and Winn-Dixie. Each has its own booking platform and method for releasing appointment occasions. A recent thread on the Miami subreddit has some tips for how and if to try to pin a scheduled appointment. It is also possible to try reserving an appointment via Jackson Health, Miami-Dade’s publicly funded hospital system. Jackson is administering the Pfizer vaccine.The hospital releases new appointments in the evenings, normally between 6 and 9 p.m., and makes an announcement on its Twitter and Instagram accounts shortly ahead. You may change your preferences on Twitter and Instagram to be notified anytime Jackson posts. If the concept of trying to snag an appointment online appears to be a competition you’d rather bypass, there are many first-come, first-serve vaccination sites around South Florida that do not require an appointment. One of those sites are:
The website provides the Pfizer vaccine. Starting Thursday, April 8, the website will no longer offer first doses of the vaccine.
Coconut Creek: Broward College North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.. Open everyday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or before supplies run out. The website provides the Moderna vaccine.
The website provides the Pfizer vaccine.
Miramar: Vizcaya Park, 14200 SW 49th St. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or before supplies run out. The website provides the Pfizer vaccine.
The website provides the Moderna vaccine.
North Miami Beach: North Miami Beach Library, 1601 NE 164th St. Open one day, Wednesday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or before supplies run out. The city hasn’t specified which vaccine will be accessible.
Opa-locka: Helen Miller Center, 2331 NW 143th St. Open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or before supplies run out. The website provides the Pfizer vaccine.
Overtown: Overtown Youth Center, 1551 NW First Ave. Open every day from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., or before supplies run out. The website provides the Moderna vaccine.
As is evident above most websites are offering the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines; now, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine remains somewhat more difficult to buy in Florida. (The Miami Herald’s Ben Conarck and Michelle Marchante have been reporting on those shortages, even if you’d like to understand more.) So there you have it — that is the brief version of everything you will need to know to get your COVID vaccine in Florida. May the odds be ever in your own favor.
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