Here’s what to know.

By: Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald

There are three COVID-19 vaccines authorized for emergency use in the U.S.: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. All three prevent severe disease and death but there are some differences on how each vaccine works.

Florida’s vaccination age criteria dropped from 40 to 18 on Monday, April 5th, with some vaccination sites also eligible to give doses to teens who are 16 and 17. Many of the vaccination sites in South Florida are by appointment-only, but there are some walk-up sites. If you want a shot, here’s what you need to know:

You do not need to get the COVID-19 vaccine in the county where you live, but you must show proof of Florida residency such as a driver’s license. Teens who are 16 and 17 will also need to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian on vaccination day, along with documentation such as a birth certificate and the state’s COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. The form can be downloaded from the Florida Department of Health’s website. Many places require appointments, but others don’t.

If you’re planning to visit a walk-up site, take some water and a snack with you. Long lines are likely. Places that schedule appointments include:▪ Hospitals, such as Baptist Health.

If you want to get your shot at a state-run or county-run site, you’ll need to pre-register for a shot, which is like being added to a wait list. Once an appointments opens, someone will contact you to schedule your shot.▪ Publix, Walgreens, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn-Dixie, and CVS schedule appointments online.

Where can I get the J&J vaccine? FEMA “hub” sites in Tampa, Orlando and Jacksonville started offering J&J on Tuesday, April 6th. Publix also usually schedules J&J vaccines at 7 a.m. on Wednesdays through its online portal. Some Winn-Dixie, Walmart and Sam’s Club stores might have J&J but you’ll have to check each store’s online portal for availability.

Florida also hosts J&J pops occasionally in different neighborhoods as part of its efforts to reach underserved communities.

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