COVID-19 Testing & Vaccine Information

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Several COVID-19 testing and vaccine options are available to City of Miami residents. Please review the list below for more information and check back for updates.

For general information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please read Jackson Health System’s Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish and Creole. For medical emergencies, call 911 and notify the dispatch personnel that you may have COVID-19.

COVID-19 vaccines help our bodies develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without us having to get the illness. Different types of vaccines work in different ways to offer protection, but with all types of vaccines, the body is left with a supply of “memory” defensive white blood cells that will remember how to fight that virus in the future.

Currently, three authorized COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in the United States. It is important to note that these vaccines do not contain the live virus.

Learn more about them here:

The CDC does not recommend one vaccine over another. The best COVID-19 vaccine is the first one that is available to you. 

If you are fully vaccinated, the CDC has stated the following:

Fully vaccinated people can:

  • Visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Visit with unvaccinated people (including children) from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing
  • Participate in outdoor activities and recreation without a mask, except in certain crowded settings and venues
  • Resume domestic travel and refrain from testing before or after travel or self-quarantine after travel.
  • Refrain from testing before leaving the United States for international travel (unless required by the destination) and refrain from self-quarantine after arriving back in the United States.
  • Refrain from testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic, with some exceptions for specific settings
  • Refrain from quarantine following a known exposure if asymptomatic
  • Refrain from routine screening testing if asymptomatic and feasible

For now, fully vaccinated people should continue to:

  • Take precautions in indoor public settings like wearing a well-fitted mask
  • Wear masks that fit snuggly when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people who are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease or who have an unvaccinated household member who is at increased risk for severe COVID-19 disease
  • Wear well-fitted masks when visiting indoors with unvaccinated people from multiple households
  • Avoid indoor large-sized in-person gatherings
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms
  • Follow guidance issued by individual employers
  • Follow CDC and health department travel requirements and recommendations 

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, please read Jackson Health System’s Frequently Asked Questions in English, Spanish and Creole.

For Frequently Asked Questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, please click here

You can search for COVID-19 testing sites using the Miami-Dade County Site Finder. 

View Testing Sites

The current testing locations within the City of Miami include:

  • Salvation Army
  • Stephen P. Clark Center
  • Joseph Caleb Center

 

COVID-19 can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, including when an individual coughs or sneezes. These droplets may land on objects and surfaces. Other people may contract COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as many as 14 days following exposure. Most people recover from COVID-19 without needing special treatment. The elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

 

Following are everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue;
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Clean and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

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Be Prepared

Please review the following recommendations and take steps to complete them:

  • Periodically check your regular prescription drugs to ensure a continuous supply in your home.
  • Have any nonprescription drugs and other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes, and vitamins.
  • Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies and other sources and store them, for personal reference. Get help accessing electronic health records.
  • Talk with family members and loved ones about how they would be cared for if they got sick and/or who will care for small children if they cannot attend school for an extended period.

Travel Guidance

Travelers should take special precautions and avoid certain activities and situations when away from home.

Additionally, individuals returning from travel, whether domestic or international, should take special precautions when they return home. Learn more about this topic on the CDC's COVID-19 travel advisories page.