Jackson Health System, a nonprofit academic medical system in Miami-Dade County, announced today it is discontinuing its COVID-19 vaccination program at the end of April.
Jackson Health System, which consists of Jackson Memorial Hospital, Jackson South Medical Center, Jackson North Medical Center, Holz Children’s Hospital/The Women’s Hospital and Jackson Memorial and others, said through social media today, “After months of vaccinating our community against COVID-19 and in response to a decrease in demand, Jackson is preparing to end its public vaccination program.
“Our current supply will allow us to provide first shots to the public through April 30. Anyone who received a first shot at a Jackson site through that date is guaranteed a second shot at one of our three locations which will remain open for second shots through May 21.”
The first COVID vaccine in Miami-Dade County was administered at Jackson Memorial Hospital on December 15, 2020.
The health system announcement said, “It has been one of the most ambitious public health projects in Jackson’s modern history and also among the most satisfying for our team of caregivers. Jackson is not finished with the pandemic. We are still dedicating substantial resources to treating COVID-positive patients in our hospitals, emergency departments and clinics.”
Jackson Memorial was one of the first five hospitals in the state to received the COVID vaccines.
As of Monday, Miami-Dade had 1,084,386 people receive COVID vaccinations, according to the latest numbers posted by the state. Also on Monday Miami-Dade reported five new deaths from the virus, giving the county a total of 6,069 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The county has had a total of 471,595 cases and Monday’s test positivity rate was 7.12 percent.