Miami-Dade reaches 90% vaccination rate as steady slide in South Florida COVID-19 cases continues

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DOH data shows 9 out of 10 people in Miami-Dade age 12 and older have gotten at least one dose.

State data shows 90% of the eligible population in Miami-Dade County has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, making Miami-Dade the first county in the state to hit that benchmark.

That data only considers individuals age 12 and older, as younger kids are not yet eligible to receive the shot. Still, Miami-Dade’s vaccination numbers are well ahead of other counties, according to the Florida Department of Health. Miami-Dade’s neighbor to the north, Broward County, is second among the state’s 67 counties with an 80% vaccination rate.

Palm Beach County, the final of South Florida’s three major counties, is tied for eighth in the state with a 73% vaccination rate — the same as St. Johns and Sumter counties. Though Palm Beach lags its South Florida counterparts, weekly vaccine doses actually went up week-to-week in Palm Beach for the first time since early August. The number of doses administered fell slightly week-to-week in Broward and Miami-Dade.

Those numbers come in as a Food and Drug Administration panel recommended against widespread COVID-19 booster shots, though a final decision will be made by the full agency.

Case counts are also continuing to fall in all three counties. Palm Beach saw an 18% drop in confirmed cases week-to-week. That number was 23% in Broward and 24% in Miami-Dade. It’s the third straight week those counties have seen a week-to-week case reduction in the 20% range.

All three counties are seeing their lowest case positivity rates since early July.

Here are some of the weekly numbers for the previous three weeks throughout the South Florida tri-county area:


— Aug. 27-Sept. 2: 12,163 newly confirmed cases, 8.1% positivity rate, 28,310 vaccine doses administered, 88% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 3-9: 9,733 newly confirmed cases, 6.5% positivity rate, 23,003 vaccine doses administered, 89% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 10-16: 7,423 newly confirmed cases, 5.8% positivity rate, 22,372 vaccine doses administered, 90% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated


— Aug. 27-Sept. 2: 8,949 newly confirmed cases, 10.5% positivity rate, 16,090 vaccine doses administered, 78% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 3-9: 7,108 newly confirmed cases, 9.4% positivity rate, 13,061 vaccine doses administered, 79% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 10-16: 5,503 newly confirmed cases, 7.8% positivity rate, 12,894 vaccine doses administered, 80% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

Palm Beach

— Aug. 27-Sept. 2: 6,863 newly confirmed cases, 12.6% positivity rate, 10,919 vaccine doses administered, 72% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 3-9: 5,548 newly confirmed cases, 11.6% positivity rate, 8,114 vaccine doses administered, 72% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

— Sept. 10-16: 4,568 newly confirmed cases, 10% positivity rate, 8,165 vaccine doses administered, 73% of 12-and-up population now vaccinated

Ryan Nicol

Ryan Nicol covers news out of South Florida for Florida Politics. Ryan is a native Floridian who attended undergrad at Nova Southeastern University before moving on to law school at Florida State. After graduating with a law degree he moved into the news industry, working in TV News as a writer and producer, along with some freelance writing work. If you'd like to contact him, send an email to [email protected]

One comment

  • Jake

    September 19, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    A single mRNA shot is not being fully vaccinated. More telling would be the percentage who are fully vaccinated.

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