COVID-19 Vaccination Update

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital has received and properly stored the COVID-19 vaccines, and will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to administer the vaccines. At this moment the Pfizer BioNtech vaccine has been authorized for ages 12 and up (no vaccine has currently been approved for children younger than 12 years old).

We are now taking 1st and 2nd dose appointments for COVID-19 vaccines and 3rd dose vaccine appointments for immunocompromised individuals at least 28 days after their second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

New appointments are limited. Current eligibility is listed below.

Who is eligible to receive the 1st and 2nd dose of COVID-19 vaccines from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital

  • Adolescents 12 to 17 years old  (for 18+ click here) are eligible for vaccination.     

Who is eligible to receive a 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccines?

The CDC recommends that those with moderately to severely compromised immune systems may receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

This includes those who have:

  • Been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Active treatment with high-dose corticosteroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response

Parents should talk to their teen's healthcare provider about their medical condition, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

If your teen meets the criteria, they can receive the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccines regardless of where they were vaccinated. It is advised to bring the COVID-19 vaccination card.

The CDC does not recommend additional doses or booster shots for any other population at this time.

Read the CDC recommendation and FAQs: COVID-19 Vaccines for Moderately to Severely Immunocompromised People

How to register for an appointment when vaccines are available:

By Phone:

  • Call 954-276-4340 Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm to register for an appointment. Given the high volume of calls, you may experience longer than normal wait times.

MyChart:

  • Adolescents who have an existing MyChart account or caregiver with proxy access (caregiver access) to a teen's MyChart account, can login to schedule an appointment 
  • If you need proxy access to an adolescent's account to make the appointment visit our proxy account information page for instructions on how to request access
  • If you or your adolescent is using the website version of MyChart to schedule and appointment, after logging in, choose "Visits" and then "Schedule an Appointment"
  • If you or your adolescent is using the mobile app version of MyChart, after logging in, choose "Appointments" and then "Schedule an Appointment"
  • If you are unfamiliar with MyChart we have created a step-by-step guide on how to schedule a vaccine appointment
  • If your adolescent doesn't have a MyChart account please schedule the appointment by phone.

Second dose appointment

You can schedule your second dose appointment as soon as you receive your first dose. We recommend using MyChart for scheduling; however, you can also call 954-276-4340 Monday — Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Please be advised of longer than usual wait times due to high volume of calls.

Remember to bring your vaccine card when you return for your second appointment.

What should I expect when I arrive for my appointment?

  • Vaccines will be provided only by appointment.
  • Only one parent/guardian is allowed with the patient, and parent must be present at the time of the vaccine administration. Please do not bring younger siblings with you to the vaccine site.
  • No pets allowed. Service animals, with documentation, allowed.
  • Wear a shirt or top with the upper arm accessible.
  • You will be given a vaccine fact sheet and asked a series of questions including any allergies.
  • Once you receive your vaccine, you will be observed for thirty minutes. You can use the time to schedule your follow up appointment for the second dose and learn about V-Safe, the CDC vaccine safety monitoring system.
  • When you get your first dose, you will get a vaccination card to show when you return for additional doses if needed. Remember to bring your card when you return. If you lose your vaccine card you can find your vaccination record on MyChart.

What should I bring to my vaccination appointment?

  • Parent must bring proof of the adolescent’s age.
    • Birth certificate
    • Passport
    • State issued ID card, Driver’s Permit or Driver’s License
  • If you are coming for your second or third dose bring the vaccine card provided to you on your first dose appointment. If you lose your vaccine card you can find your vaccination record on MyChart. 

Where is the vaccination site, and what are the hours of operation? 

Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (view map)
1005 Joe DiMaggio Drive, Hollywood, FL 33021
3 pm to 7 pm Tuesday and Thursday
8 am to noon on Saturdays

Memorial West Outpatient Pharmacy
601 N Flamingo Rd Ste 110
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Memorial Hallandale Outpatient Pharmacy- Primary Care
1750 E Hallandale Beach Blvd
Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Memorial Miramar Outpatient Pharmacy
1901 SW 172nd Ave Ste 107
Miramar, FL 33029
10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Memorial Pembroke Road Outpatient Pharmacy - Primary Care– Hollywood
4105 Pembroke Rd
Hollywood, FL 33021
10 am to 4 pm Monday through Friday

Adult Mobile Primary Care Health Center 
Monday-Friday: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Download the calendar to see the Adult Mobile Primary Care Health Center's upcoming dates and locations (subject to change).

PLEASE NOTE: No walk-ins will be accepted at the vaccination site. On-site registration is not available. You must register for an appointment before coming to the site by calling 954-276-4340.

Is there a cost for the vaccines?

Vaccines are provided at no cost to recipients and insurance is not required. However we will request consent to verify insurance coverage; no fees will be billed to the patient.

Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is committed to administering the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals regardless of the vaccine recipient’s ability to pay COVID-19 vaccine administration fees. If you receive a bill for the administration of the COVID-19 vaccine, or have any questions regarding billing, please contact 954-276-5501 or email us at mybill@mhs.net.

Other Vaccination Providers

The state of Florida has developed a pre-registration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations. For more information visit myvaccine.fl.gov

Florida Department of Health in Broward County is also providing COVID-19 vaccination opportunities, at the following Broward County vaccination sites.

  • Vaccinations will be available at no cost, by appointment only.
  • Appointments are required and can be made at BrowardCovidVaccine.com.
  • Due to an extremely large number of visitors to the site, the web page to schedule your appointment may not be immediately available.

Please visit the CDC Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination