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Last updated 08/12/2021  1:55pm


In general, people are considered fully vaccinated

• 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
• 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine

If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Please keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.

If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may not be fully protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for un-vaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.


  • You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.
  • To reduce the risk of being infected with the Delta variant and possibly spreading it to others, wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
  • You might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission if you have a weakened immune system or if, because of your age or an underlying medical condition, you are at increased risk for severe disease, or if a member of your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated.
  • If you travel in the United States, you do not need to get tested before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • You need to pay close attention to the situation at your international destination before traveling outside the United States.
    • You do NOT need to get tested before leaving the United States unless your destination requires it.
    • You still need to show a negative test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding an international flight to the United States.
    • You should still get tested 3-5 days after international travel.
    • You do NOT need to self-quarantine after arriving in the United States.

If you’ve had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after your exposure, even if you don’t have symptoms. You should also wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until your test result is negative. You should isolate for 10 days if your test result is positive.

About the Delta Variant: Vaccines are highly effective against severe illness, but the Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than early forms of the COVID-19 virus.


  • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19, including severe illness and death.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are effective against severe disease and death from variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 currently circulating in the United States, including the Delta variant.
  • Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. When these infections occur among vaccinated people, they tend to be mild.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, you can spread the virus to others.
  • People with weakened immune systems, including people who take immuno-suppressive medications, may not be protected even if fully vaccinated.

Delta is currently the predominant strain of the virus in the United States. Below is a high-level summary of what CDC scientists have recently learned about the Delta variant.


The Delta variant causes more infections and spreads faster than early forms of SARS-CoV-2

  • The Delta variant is more contagious: The Delta variant is highly contagious, nearly twice as contagious as previous variants.
  • Some data suggest the Delta variant might cause more severe illness than previous strains in unvaccinated persons. In two different studies from Canada and Scotland, patients infected with the Delta variant were more likely to be hospitalized than patients infected with Alpha or the original virus strains.
  • Unvaccinated people remain the greatest concern: Although breakthrough infections happen much less often than infections in unvaccinated people, individuals infected with the Delta variant, including fully vaccinated people with symptomatic breakthrough infections, can transmit it to others. CDC is continuing to assess data on whether fully vaccinated people with asymptomatic breakthrough infections can transmit. However, the greatest risk of transmission is among unvaccinated people who are much more likely to contract, and therefore transmit the virus.
  • Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others. However, vaccinated people appear to be infectious for a shorter period: Previous variants typically produced less virus in the body of infected fully vaccinated people (breakthrough infections) than in unvaccinated people. In contrast, the Delta variant seems to produce the same high amount of virus in both unvaccinated and fully vaccinated people. However, like other variants, the amount of virus produced by Delta breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people also goes down faster than infections in unvaccinated people. This means fully vaccinated people are likely infectious for less time than unvaccinated people.
  • The COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States are highly effective at preventing severe disease and death, including against the Delta variant. But they are not 100% effective and some fully vaccinated people will become infected (called a breakthrough infection) and experience illness. For such people, the vaccine still provides them strong protection against serious illness and death.

Given what we know about the Delta variant, vaccine effectiveness, and current vaccine coverage, layered prevention strategies, such as wearing masks, are needed to reduce the transmission of this variant.

Vaccines are playing a crucial role in limiting spread of the virus and minimizing severe disease. Although vaccines are highly effective, they are not perfect and there will be vaccine breakthrough infections. Millions of Americans are vaccinated, and that number is growing. This means that even though the risk of breakthrough infections is low, there will be thousands of fully vaccinated people who become infected and able to infect others, especially with the surging spread of the Delta variant. Low vaccination coverage in many communities is driving the current rapid and large surge in cases associated with the Delta variant, which also increases the chances that even more concerning variants could emerge.

At this time, as we build the level of vaccination nationwide, we must also use all the prevention strategies available, including masking indoors in public places, to stop transmission and stop the epidemic.


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


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.

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.  Schedule to get your vaccine at one of these Jackson Health System sitesPlease note date updated at top of page.

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                             Florida Vaccine Locator

The Pfizer vaccine will be provide at the following schools on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  The vaccination events are open to the public and appointments are not required.  Minors must arrive with a parent or guardian and bring with them a completed parental Consent Form.

  • North Miami Senior High School, 13110 NE 8th Ave, North Miami, FL 33161
  • Miami Jackson Senior High School, 1751 NW 36th St, Miami, FL 33142
  • Miami Sunset Senior High School, 13125 SW 72nd St, Miami, FL 33183
  • Homestead Senior High School, 2351 SE 12th Ave, Homestead, FL 33035
  • Robert Morgan Educational Center, 18180 SW 122nd Ave, Miami, FL 33177
  • Hialeah Gardens Senior High School, 11700 Hialeah Gardens Blvd, Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018

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.  If you received a J&J vaccine, here is what you need to know.

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

Second dose appointments are scheduled on site immediately after individuals receive their first dose. Please visit 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 and Jackson Health System on Measures to Fight #COVID19 (August 5, 2021)