COVID-19 Vaccination Information

This page was last updated on 3/5/21.

We are working diligently to provide you with up-to-date and easy-to-access information about coronavirus vaccines in South Florida. This page is constantly updated with the latest information.

The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered to: persons 65 years of age and older, long-term care facility residents and staff, health care personnel with direct patient contact, and persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers. Also now eligible: K-12 school employees, sworn law enforcement officers, and firefighters, all 50 years of age and older.

Publix COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments This Friday

⚠️ Starting Friday, March 5 at 7:00 AM, Publix will open online-only applications for COVID-19 vaccines for eligible customers.

Please note that these appointments will go quickly and not everyone will get one. Be sure to exercise patience and read our tips below. Visit the Publix website to sign up for these appointments when they become available.

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Publix's vaccine appointments usually open at 7 AM, so it is best to wake up early and log onto the Publix page at 6:50.

Make sure you are using the latest version of your internet browser (Firefox is not supported) and have your insurance card available.

The page will refresh automatically every minute to check for new appointments. Publix advises you to NOT refresh the page manually.

Eventually, some appointments will open up. You will be able to see when appointments are available in each county under the "Appointment Status" column.

You will not be immediately granted access to schedule an appointment. Publix's system lets on a select few people to sign up for appointments at a time. Until you are selected, you will see a blue "Waiting" icon at the top of the page.

If you are selected, the "Book Now" button will turn blue, and you will see a "Book An Appointment" button at the top of the page.

Once you click this button, you will be asked to fill in your information. You have a very limited amount of time to do this, so ACT FAST before the spots become occupied by others.

The system will ask for your first and last name, date of birth, sex, address, city, state, zip code, email, mobile phone, and whether you are a Medicare recipient or Publix associate. You will need your Medicare number if you are a Medicare recipient.

Next, you will be asked to choose your state and county before picking a Publix location to receive your vaccine.

Then you will have to answer some questions. Be sure to prepare your answers so you can complete the form as quickly as possible. The questions are as follows:

  1. Last 4 Digits of Social Security Number

  2. Emergency Contact Name

  3. Emergency Contact Number

  4. Are you 18 years of age or older?

  5. Do you have a cold, fever, or acute illness?

  6. Do you have any allergies to medications, food, or any vaccine? If yes, please list.

  7. Are you allergic to chicken eggs or egg products?

  8. Are you allergic to Thimerosal (cleaning products or contact lens solution)?

  9. Have you ever had a serious reaction after receiving a vaccination?

  10. Have you ever been diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome?

  11. Do you have a seizure, brain, or nerve problem?

  12. Are you the patient? If no, enter your name and relationship to the patient.

  13. Are you attending a clinic? If yes, please enter location?

  14. Would you like to be notified about other immunizations?

  15. Have you already received an initial dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?

You'll see a page to review your info, which requires you to acknowledge that you are the patient or the patient’s representative and confirm that you are not a robot.

Finally, if all goes well, you will be given the option to reserve a date with a "Reserve My Spot" button locking in your appointment.

At the end, you will be able to schedule additional appointments (based on availability) for up to three additional people, like family and friends.

Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System

⚠️ The state of Florida has a new, statewide system for pre-registering for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Visit the website here to register online or read on to learn how to register over the phone. This system can notify residents when appointments become available near them at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites.

To register over the phone, the numbers for top counties are listed below.

  • Palm Beach County: 866-201-6754

  • Broward County: 866-201-6313

  • Martin County: 866-201-7037

  • St. Lucie County: 866-201-7094

Each county has its own number. Click here to see the phone number to call for each county in Florida.

The phone system will ask whether you are an EpiPen user, if you can prove your Florida residency (proof of residency may include a state issued ID, utility bill at a FL residence, mortgage statement, or tax bill to FL residence), whether you are a frontline medical or healthcare worker, your date of birth in the format (MM-DD-YYYY), your ZIP code, and your phone number.

Palm Beach County

NEW: Winn-Dixie just announced it will begin offering vaccines at its store at 6600 Hypoluxo Road in Lake Worth. There is more information about Winn-Dixie and other pharmacies lower on this page.

A vaccination site at the South Florida Fairgrounds is scheduling appointments for people on the county's lists. People who previously signed up using the chd50feedback email system are already on the list. To add yourself to the new list, follow the instructions above to sign up for the Florida statewide system.

You can also complete this form to be placed on a virtual waiting list for vaccine availability.

For people under 65 who need the vaccine due to health conditions, have your physician fill out this form.

Learn more about the County-run vaccine appointments at the Health Care District's website.

The most up-to-date information about vaccines is available at the Palm Beach County Florida Health website.

Answers to some frequently asked questions are available on the West Palm Beach website.

Florida Pharmacies

The federal government recently started sending vaccines directly to stores and pharmacies. The list of participating pharmacies in Florida—aside from Publix—are below.

Broward County

Vaccine appointments in DOH-Broward can be scheduled using the new Florida state appointment system. Seniors can call 866-201-6313 to request an appointment. The TTY number is 833-476-1526.

More information is available at the Broward Vaccine website.

Miami-Dade County

All of the appointments in Miami-Dade County have been taken, but you can pre-register at the Miami-Dade County website.

A vaccine site at the Hard Rock Stadium parking lot is actively distributing vaccinations, but all slots are currently full. You can call 888-499-0840 for updates. Some have managed to get an appointment there by calling 786-629-5752. This number might give you a recording saying there are no more spaces available. Keep re-dialing until you get a live person.

Martin County

All of the COVID-19 vaccine clinics in Martin County are booked. They are not taking new appointments at this time.

Normally, to schedule an appointment in Martin County, you can call 772-221-4000, option #3.

For more information about the vaccine in Martin County, visit the Martin County Florida Health website. It is encouraged to check that page regularly as more information and appointments become available.

St. Lucie County

Visit this page to sign up for a vaccine appointment.

You can call 772-446-8480 to schedule an appointment by phone.

Visit this page to sign up for the Public Safety Alert Program for alerts about when appointments become available.

There is more information about the vaccine at St. Lucie's DOH website.

"South Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Info" Facebook Group

Some members of our community have created a Facebook group to share their experiences and information they have gathered about COVID-19 vaccines. Please note that this group is community run and is not vetted by South Florida Tech For Seniors.

Click here to join the Facebook group.

Florida General Info

There is more information about the coronavirus vaccine at the Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Response website.

Visit the Florida vaccine locator website to find vaccine locations near you.

Visit this COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker to see county-by-county breakdowns of how many people are vaccinated.

The box on the right contains a constantly updating feed of information from the Florida Department of Health via Twitter.

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General Vaccine Information

What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine

Common side effects

On the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain

  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Tiredness

  • Headache

Per the CDC, there are currently three vaccines that are authorized and recommended to prevent COVID-19:

Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

Name: BNT162b2

Manufacturer: Pfizer, Inc., and BioNTech

Type of vaccine: mRNA

Number of shots: 2 shots, 21 days apart

How given: Shot in the muscle of the upper arm

Does not contain:

  • Eggs

  • Preservatives

  • Latex

Information about the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine

Name: mRNA-1273

Manufacturer: ModernaTX, Inc.

Type of vaccine: mRNA

Number of shots: 2 shots, one month (28 days) apart

How given: Shot in the muscle of the upper arm

Does not contain:

  • Eggs

  • Preservatives

  • Latex

NEW: Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine

Information will be updated here once it is added on the CDC website.

Here’s where you can sign up for the coronavirus vaccine via Sun Sentinel (2/23)

South Florida seniors eager to get COVID-19 vaccines are beginning to have success, but it takes determination, patience and a little luck to land coveted appointments. Each week, the state receives new doses from the federal government, and as they arrive, more locations are being added.

Starting Wednesday, 81 CVS pharmacies in Florida will begin distributing the vaccines as part of the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. The locations will be able to do 100 shots a day, and the retailer will begin taking appointments on Wednesday.

The number of vaccines available in Florida is growing. The South Florida Sun Sentinel is helping share that information with a searchable chart that shows how many, and what type, of vaccines are available in each county.

Here is a list of places where you can sign up for a vaccine, even though your appointment may be scheduled a few weeks out. Spots open as vaccine doses become available.

Interactive map of vaccination sites across Florida »

Florida

Department of Health “pre-registration” website can be found at myvaccine.fl.gov. Residents can be notified directly when appointments near them are available at state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites.

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program, where the government sends vaccines directly to area drugstores, has been activated. The pharmacies in Florida include CVS, Publix, Winn-Dixie and Walmart.

  • CVS: 81 CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y más, and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations across Florida will distribute the vaccine, including stores in Broward, Collier, Escambia, Flagler, Hendry, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Manatee, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Polk, St. Lucie, and Volusia counties. Sign-up will be at cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine. People without online access can contact CVS customer service at 1-800-746-7287.

  • Walmart and Sam’s Clubs is at 119 Walmarts across 34 counties, including those in South Florida. Eligible individuals can make an appointment at walmart.com/COVIDvaccine and samsclub.com/covid. Appointments will be scheduled based on vaccine availability. Participating Walmarts: In Broward County: 4700 S. Flamingo Road in Cooper City; 401 E. Sheridan St. in Dania Beach; 4301 S. University Drive and 8550 Stirling Road, both in Davie; 2500 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale; 301 S. State Road 7 in Hollywood; 1800 S. University Drive in Miramar; 12800 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines; 2300 W. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach; and 13550 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise. In Miami-Dade County: 9300 NW 77th Ave. in Hialeah and 17650 NW Second Ave. in Miami Gardens. No Walmart locations in Palm Beach County are participating yet. No Sam’s Clubs in South Florida are participating yet.

  • Southeastern Grocers Inc., Winn-Dixie’s parent company, is administering COVID-19 vaccines at its Florida Winn-Dixie stores, and its Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket locations. The company offers the vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term-care facilities, and people ages 65 and older. Updates can be found at its websites: Winn-Dixie: winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine; Fresco y Más: frescoymas.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine; Harveys Supermarket: harveyssupermarkets.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine. In South Florida, only the Fresco y Más at18300 SW 137th Ave., Miami, is offering the vaccine.

  • Publix is distributing vaccines at 593 Publix stores across 41 counties. In South Florida, only Palm Beach County Publix pharmacies are offering the vaccine. Sign up at publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida.

Broward County

Drive-thru sites: Call 866-201-6313 to request an appointment through the Florida Department of Health. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1526. Agents will call people back to make drive-thru appointments as new appointments become available for the following sites:

  • Tradewinds Park, 3600 W. Sample Road, Coconut Creek.

  • Vista View Park, 4001 SW 142 Ave., Davie. The site is open for second doses but will close at the end of the day on Feb. 11 due to construction in the park. Anyone scheduled to receive the second dose of vaccine at Vista View Park on Feb. 12 or later should go to Tree Tops Park in Davie instead. Be sure to go on the day written on your vaccination card and bring your card with you.

  • Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100th Ave., Davie.

  • Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise.

  • Snyder Park, 3299 SW Fourth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. People who received their first COVID-19 vaccine at Holiday Park before Jan. 22 should go to Snyder Park to receive their second dose 21 days later, on the date written on their appointment card at the time they arrived for their first dose. Also, Florida residents who are age 65 or older, or frontline healthcare workers, can request an appointment for their first dose.

  • Central Broward Park & Broward County Stadium, 3700 NW 11th Place, Lauderhill.

  • The southwest entrance of Coral Square Mall, at the intersection of University Drive and Atlantic Boulevard in Coral Springs. This is a park-and-walk-up site, not a drive-thru.

Lauderhill: Residents 65 years old or older can get vaccinated at John E. Mullin Park. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment call 954-730-3008 or make one online at lauderhill-fl.gov/covid-19. Call center hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Miramar: For seniors 65 years old or older, Southcentral/Southeast Focal Point Senior Center members can register for the COVID-19 vaccine at miramarfl.gov/vaccine. The vaccination site, by appointment only, is at Vizcaya Park, SW 49th St., Miramar, between 9-10 a.m. and noon-1 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Although all appointments are now booked, individuals can sign up to get notified when new appointments are available at MiramarFL.gov/vaccine.

Broward Health: Broward Health provides vaccines at the Inter Miami CF Stadium at Lockhart Park, at 1350 NW 55th St. in Fort Lauderdale. Seniors should check BrowardHealth.org for updates on when new appointment requests are available. The health system maintains a wait list as day-of appointments become available. Anyone who needs to cancel or reschedule an appointment should complete the form at BrowardHealth.org/COVIDReschedule.

Hospitals: In addition to Department of Health initiatives, numerous hospitals are administering vaccines to health care workers as well as people 65 and older, and those determined by hospital providers to be vulnerable to COVID-19. Monitor broward.org/CoronaVirus/Pages/Vaccination-Hospitals.aspx for updates.

Walmart is distributing vaccines at its Florida stores. Eligible individuals can make an appointment at walmart.com/COVIDvaccine. Appointments will be scheduled based on vaccine availability. Participating Walmarts: 4700 S. Flamingo Road in Cooper City; 401 E. Sheridan St. in Dania Beach; 4301 S. University Drive and 8550 Stirling Road, both in Davie; 2500 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale; 301 S. State Road 7 in Hollywood; 1800 S. University Drive in Miramar; 12800 Pines Blvd. in Pembroke Pines; 2300 W. Atlantic Blvd. in Pompano Beach; and 13550 W. Sunrise Blvd. in Sunrise.

Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Gardens: The Burns Road Community Center, 4404 Burns Road, Palm Beach Gardens, is scheduled to open Wednesday as an appointment-only site. No walk-ins. Those eligible to use this vaccination site will be contacted ahead of time with their scheduled day and time. When notified, people will need to come within the allotted time and on the assigned day.

Publix: All 67 Publix pharmacies in Palm Beach County are offering the COVID-19 vaccine. Go to: publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida. The next round of registrations is scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday. Appointments slots will continue to open weekly as supply is available, 7 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. People can book up to four appointments at a time. Because of the severe winter weather, however, Publix is not scheduling any new appointments. When the next vaccine allotment is available, the chain will begin scheduling.

Palm Beach County: Seniors can sign up to be on a waiting list and alerted to availability of appointments through the state’s website at myvaccine.fl.gov. The district also is scheduling new appointments at https://bit.ly/2MM24OJ.

Health Care District of Palm Beach: The Health Care District is providing vaccinations for people 65 and older who emailed the Department of Health requesting a COVID-19 vaccine at chd50feedback@flhealth.gov. Those sites include the South County Civic Center in Delray Beach and Mid-County Senior Center on Lake Worth Road.

South Florida Fairgrounds: The Health Care District is operating a vaccination center at the fairgrounds. The shots will be given only to residents who have already on the state Department of Health’s wait list. To get on the list, use the pre-registration site at myvaccine.fl.gov.

Fire Rescue: Delray Beach residents can sign up for “Code Red” alerts about when vaccines will be available at http://delraybeachfl.gov/prepared.

Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County: Seniors 65 and older and healthcare workers can pre-register just one time, online at miamidade.gov/vaccine or by phone by calling 305-614-2014. Someone from the county will contact people to schedule the vaccine appointments at Miami-Dade County sites, including Tropical Park, Zoo Miami, and Miami Dade College North Campus.

Miami Dade College North Campus: The MDC site, currently designated as South Florida’s only Federal Mass Vaccination Site, is scheduled to open March 3 and operate seven days a week, from 7 a.m.–7 p.m. It will be a walk-up site with appointments scheduled in advance. The site will be vaccinating individuals 65 and older, health care workers with direct patient contact, and long-term care facility staff and residents. To get an appointment, visit myvaccine.fl.gov or call 888-499-0840.

Florida Division of Emergency Management: The state has been offering vaccine appointments at Miami Marlins Stadium and Hard Rock Stadium. Residents can monitor 1-888-499-0840 for availability. People are urged not to arrive more than 30 minutes before their appointment; anyone with an appointment is guaranteed a vaccine.

Mount Sinai Medical Center: Mount Sinai has been providing vaccines to Miami-Dade County residents who are 75 and older. Residents can monitor 305-674-2312 for availability.

Jackson Health System: Miami-Dade’s public hospital network has expanded its COVID-19 vaccine program for patients age 55 and older who have certain health conditions. Obtain an appointment via Jackson’s online portal by visiting jacksonhealth.org. In addition to showing proof of Florida residency, people age 55 to 64 must also provide a doctor’s note, which must show the patient’s name, the medical condition they’re being treated for, the physician’s recommendation/order for a COVID-19 vaccine, and the doctor’s signature. Check safeatjackson.org for appointment updates and availability. Vaccines will be at three locations:

  • Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center, 1611 NW 12th Ave., Miami.

  • Jackson South Medical Center, 9333 SW 152nd St., Miami.

  • North Dade Health Center, 16555 NW 25th Ave., Opa-locka.

Southeastern Grocers Inc., Winn-Dixie’s parent company, is administering COVID-19 vaccines at its Florida Winn-Dixie stores, and its Fresco y Más and Harveys Supermarket locations. The company will offer the vaccines to health care workers, residents and staff of long-term-care facilities, as well as people ages 65 and older. Participating stores: Fresco y Más: 18300 SW 137th Ave., Miami, frescoymas.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine.

Walmart is distributing vaccines at its Florida stores. Eligible individuals can make an appointment at walmart.com/COVIDvaccine. Appointments will be scheduled based on vaccine availability. Participating Walmarts: 9300 NW 77th Ave. in Hialeah and 17650 NW Second Ave. in Miami Gardens.

Please note that South Florida Tech For Seniors does not provide medical advice. This page consolidates public information from a variety of sources.