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How to Get A COVID-19 Vaccine If You're 65 or Older

Gov. Ron DeSantis is prioritizing the senior community when it comes to administering the COVID-19 vaccine.

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If you’re 65 years of age or older, you will have first priority in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced.

In South Florida, both Miami-Dade and Broward counties are offering the vaccine to seniors in the 65-and-older age bracket, but note that demand for the vaccine is currently outweighing supply. For real-time updates regarding vaccine availability, click here.

Vaccinations run by Miami-Dade and Broward are by appointment only and will be administered at designated drive-thru vaccination sites.

In Broward County, those ages 65 and older can start scheduling appointments through an online portal. Vaccinations will begin Jan. 3, 2021. Visit browardcovidvaccine.com to make an appointment, or click here.

When Could I Get the Vaccine?

Answer the questions to calculate your risk profile and see where you fall in your county's and state's vaccine lineup. This estimate is based on a combination of vaccine rollout recommendations from the CDC and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

For a more detailed breakdown of who is included in each priority group, see this methodology.
Source: the Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19 by Ariadne Labs and the Surgo Foundation
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Miami-Dade County is also in the process of setting up drive-thru vaccination sites, with the first set to open in Tropical Park on Jan. 8., according to Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava.

Like Broward, Miami-Dade has launched a website where those 65 years of age and older can begin scheduling appointments to get inoculated. Visit miamidade.gov/vaccine or click here to make an appointment.

Note: Websites and hotlines are experiencing intermittent outages due to overwhelming response for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please check websites periodically for updates.


For a list of vaccination sites in Broward County, see below:

(Note: All vaccinations are by appointment only.)

Tradewinds Park

3600 W Sample Rd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Hours: Sunday-Thursday (Closed Friday, Saturday): 8AM-4PM

Opens: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Vista View Park

Address: 4001 SW 142nd Ave, Davie, FL 33330

Hours: Sunday-Thursday (Closed Friday, Saturday): 8AM-4PM

Opens: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Markham Park

Address: 16001 W State Road 84, Sunrise, FL 33326

Hours: Sunday-Thursday (Closed Sunday, Monday): 8AM-4PM

Opens: Tuesday, January 5, 2021

For a list of vaccination sites in Miami-Dade County, see below:

(Note: All vaccinations are by appointment only.)

Tropical Park

Address: 7900 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33155

Hours: TBA

Opens: Friday, January 7, 2021

Hard Rock Stadium

Address: 347 Don Shula Dr, Miami Gardens, FL 33056

Hours: TBA

Opens: Friday, January 7, 2021


The Florida Department of Health says appointments for vaccinations are currently limited, but more appointments should become available once vaccine supply increases.

In Broward, seniors who receive a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will need to be in the county 21 days later to receive the second dose of the same vaccine.

Cleveland Clinic announced they would also give vaccines to members of the public who meet certain criteria, including those ages 65 or older as well as first responders and those with high risk medical conditions. For more information on how to schedule an appointment, call 954-659-5950.

In Miami-Dade County, coronavirus vaccinations are available to seniors aged 75 years or older at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Seniors who would like an appointment can call Mount Sinai between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm during the week, and 8:00 am and 1:00 pm on weekends at 305-674-2312. Also:

  • No walk-ins will be accepted
  • A patient must bring a government-issued ID or passport to the appointment

Additionally, Jackson Health in Miami-Dade announced they would start giving the vaccine to members of the public ages 65 and older starting the week of Dec. 28 before releasing an online platform allowing residents to request an appointment.

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