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COVID-19: Looking to get tested or vaccinated? Here's where to go in South Florida

Medical workers stand next to traffic cones and a coronavirus testing site sign as a line of cars waits.
Al Diaz
Miami Herald

In the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, knowing where to turn to get tested or vaccinated is still important. Here’s our updated guide:

COVID-19 testing
Do not go to the hospital emergency department to get tested for COVID-19. Testing sites are organized by county — here are the websites where you can check to see which sites are open:

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Each county provides options for homebound individuals, such as mailing free testing kits or scheduling a homebound testing appointment. Please see your county’s website for more information.

Update June 16, 2022: Miami-Dade will continue to offer free testing for those without insurance, even after federal funding has dried up. Previously, free testing was slated to end in July. For people with insurance, their insurer will continue to cover the cost of the tests and vaccines at the sites.

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 2 sets of 4 free at-⁠home COVID-19 tests. Visit www.covidtests.gov or call 1-800-232-0233.

Certain retail pharmacies, urgent care centers and community health centers also offer COVID-19 testing, although they may charge a fee. A comprehensive listing of these sites can be found on the Florida Department of Health website.

Where to get vaccinated
Find the closest vaccination site by using the locator on your county’s website:

Find sites throughout all of Floridausing the Department of Health’s website.

Individuals 12 years of age and older may receive the two-dose Pfizer vaccine, and people 18 and older may get the two-dose Moderna or one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Low-dose vaccines are now available for children ages 5 to 11 years old.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, everyone 12 years and older may get a booster at least five months after completing the primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

The Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna booster shots are recommended for adults. Teenagers who are 12 to 17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster. If a person 18 years of age or older received a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination, the CDC recommends the booster shot at least two months after.

Natalia Clement is a freelance journalist and former summer intern for WLRN, South Florida’s public radio news outlet. She enjoys producing multimedia content that covers community news and current topics of interest.
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