COVID CORNER

This information is sponsored by Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation National Paralysis Resource Center 2020 COVID-19: Addressing Social Isolation Quality of Life Grant

Last updated 05/10/2021 10:00am

FOR EVERYONE

What phase are we in now?  Who is eligible?                        Find a Vaccine Location in Your Area

Should any medications be taken before or after the vaccine?

What precautions should anyone who is extremely vulnerable to COVID vaccine continue doing?

FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS

How should people schedule a vaccine appointment?       What forms are needed?

What needs to be brought to the appointment?                   What are the transportation options?

FOR EVERYONE

What phase are we in now?  Who is eligible?

The Federal government had outlined the 3 phases of vaccine distribution.

All persons aged ≥16 years not already recommended for vaccination in Phases 1a, 1b, or 1c. In accordance with recommended age and conditions of use (1), any authorized COVID-19 vaccine may be used. ACIP is closely monitoring clinical trials in children and adolescents and will consider recommendations for use when a COVID-19 vaccine is authorized for use in persons aged <16 years.

Phase 2 became effective Monday, April 5, 2021

Wherein individuals 18 years or older who work or live in Florida may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of Florida residency is not a requirement to receive the vaccine in Florida, but Individuals must provide a photo identification. Minors 16 or 17 years of age may receive the Pfizer vaccine but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the vaccination site and submit a parental consent form.

The CDC website explains the current guidelines to stay safe during the pandemic for people with medical conditions.

National retail sites with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

CVS        Walgreens        WalMart        Winn-Dixie and Fresco y Mas

Should any medications be taken before or after the vaccine?

According to the CDC, you should not pre-medicate with pain relievers leading up to your vaccine. There is not enough research as to how this can affect the vaccine. You should only take pain relievers if necessary, after receiving your vaccine. If you regularly take pain medications, continue doing so or speak to your doctor. If you are on any other prescription or immunosuppressive medications, you should speak to your physician about what you should before and after receiving the covid vaccine.

What to Expect at Your Appointment to Get Vaccinated for COVID-19

Before you arrive, contact the site where you will be vaccinated or review your appointment confirmation email for details about what identification and proof of eligibility you may need to bring to your vaccination appointment.

When you get a vaccine, you and your healthcare provider will both need to wear masks that cover your nose and mouth. Stay 6 feet away from others while inside and in lines. Learn more about protecting yourself when going to get your COVID-19 vaccine.

You should receive a paper or electronic version of a fact sheet that tells you more about the specific COVID-19 vaccine you receive. Each authorized COVID-19 vaccine has its own fact sheet that contains information to help you understand the risks and benefits of receiving that specific vaccine. Learn more about different COVID-19 vaccines.

After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, you should be monitored on site for at least 15 minutes. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and rare severe allergic reactions. ​

You should get a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it, and where you received it. Keep your vaccination card in case you need it for future use. Consider taking a picture of your vaccination card as a backup copy.

If you do not receive a COVID-19 vaccination card at your appointment, contact the vaccination provider site where you got vaccinated or your state health department to find out how you can get a card.

What precautions should I take?

Regardless of vaccine status, individuals should continue following the CDC guidelines to COVID-19 which include:

  • Social distancing
  • Wearing masks
  • Wash hands often
  • Limit contact with commonly touched surfaces or shared items
  • Avoiding large gatherings

For people with certain medical conditions                  For people with disabilities

Guidelines for vaccinating older adults and people with disabilities

Ask your vaccination provider about getting started with v-safe, a free, smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after vaccination. V-safe also reminds you to get your second dose if you need one.

FOR FLORIDA RESIDENTS

How should people schedule a vaccine appointment?

There are multiple locations in Florida that are distributing vaccines. For your convenience, the following are locations in Miami-Dade County that are administering vaccines, along with who qualifies.  Please note date updated at top of page.

Florida Vaccine Locator

State and Miami-Dade County Run Locations

Appointments are no longer required to receive the vaccine at one of the County drive-thru vaccination sites – Tropical Park, Zoo Miami and the Homestead Sports Complex. For a faster registration process on-site, residents are encouraged to sign up online for appointments available both same-day and in coming days or by calling 305-614-2014.

Miami-Dade County Locations

The Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine is being offered at the Miami-Dade College North Campus. The CDC and FDA advises women younger than 50 years old to be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination, and that other COVID-19 vaccines are available where this risk has not been seen.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, United Way of Miami-Dade and Uber formed a partnership to provide more than 20,000 free Uber rides to the County-run vaccination sites. Residents will be provided a special promotional code once they schedule an appointment at a County-run vaccination site.

Homebound individuals can register online to be contacted to schedule a vaccination appointment at home. For more information, call 833-930-3672 or email homeboundvaccines@cdrmaguire.com.

Second dose appointments are scheduled on site immediately after individuals receive their first dose. Please visit MyVaccine.FL.gov or call the COVID-19 State Information line at 833-540-2065 for additional information.

Florida Resident Vaccine Locations in Miami-Dade County

  • Hard Rock Miami
  • Tropical Park
  • Zoo Miami
  • Oak Grove Park
  • Overtown Youth Center
  • All sites are vaccinating all individuals 18 years or older who are Florida residents.  16 and 17 year olds can get the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent.

SECOND DOSE:  All sites will make your second dose appointment on site immediately after individuals receive their first dose. If not, they will let you know at a later date when to come in for your second dose, which is 3 weeks later for the Pfizer vaccine and a 4 weeks later for the Moderna Vaccine. To be sure, if the provider of your first vaccine dose does not make an appointment on site please ask them what vaccine you are taking (Moderna or Pfizer) and be sure that you get your second dose.

What needs to be brought to the appointment?

  • Effective Monday, April 5, 2021 individuals 18 years or older who work or live in Florida may receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Proof of Florida residency is not a requirement to receive the vaccine in Florida, but Individuals must provide a photo identification. Minors 16 or 17 years of age may receive the Pfizer vaccine but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to the vaccination site and submit a parental consent form.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Florida driver license.
  • Florida identification card issued by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
  • Passport.
  • Consulate ID.
  • Employee ID.
  • Farm Worker or Nursery Worker ID.
  • Debit or credit card.
  • Military identification.
  • Student identification.
  • Retirement center identification.
  • Neighborhood association identification.
  • Public assistance identification.
  • Veteran health identification card issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon or firearm issued pursuant to § 790.06 F.S.

What are the transportation options?

Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, United Way of Miami-Dade and Uber formed a partnership to provide more than 20,000 free Uber rides to the County-run vaccination sites. Residents will be provided a special promotional code once they schedule an appointment at a County-run vaccination site.

Last Update from Mayor Danielle Levine Cava after Governor De Santis executive order 21-102.