Intramuscular Injection at Miami-Dade Walk-in Centers

An intramuscular injection delivers medication deep into the muscles, which facilitates quick absorption into the bloodstream. They are recommended for patients unable to take oral medications, require drugs that are irritating to veins, or have a vein that can’t be located. Intramuscular injections are often given in your upper arms, thighs, hips, and buttocks. These sites have large, easy to locate muscles and a little fatty tissue covering them.

How Our Urgent Care Can Help

You can walk in to any nearby UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center without an appointment and be seen quickly by a UHealth—the University of Miami Health System board-certified doctor. All our urgent care centers are equipped to provide a variety of intramuscular injections such as flu shots, tetanus shots, and more.

Our doctors and providers will perform a full examination and ask about any allergies. If deemed necessary, after determining that there are no underlying serious medical conditions, a doctor will begin administering an intramuscular injection. During an intramuscular injection, an area of the skin is disinfected before a needle is inserted into the muscle. From there, a medicine or vaccine is delivered directly into the muscle for fast absorption.

Most Common Questions

Do I need an appointment to receive an intramuscular injection?

You can walk in to any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center without an appointment. If deemed necessary, after determining that there are no underlying serious medical conditions, a doctor will administer an intramuscular injection. Click here to view the hours for an urgent care center near you. Our urgent cares are located in Country Walk, Cutler Bay, Doral, Keystone Point, and North Dade.

How long does it take for an intramuscular injection to work?

An intramuscular injection usually takes 5 to 10 minutes for the muscle to fully absorb the medicine or vaccine.

Where is an intramuscular injection given?

There are four general locations where intramuscular injections are given. The deltoid muscle, located in the upper arm, is the most common site for vaccines. An intramuscular injection is also often given in the thighs, hips, and buttocks

Does an intramuscular injection hurt?

Depending on the medication or vaccine, there is usually some discomfort at the injection site. Soreness in the muscle is also common.

How much does an intramuscular injection cost?

If you have insurance, your intramuscular injection may be covered by your insurance plan. You may have to pay a copay and/or a deductible. If you don’t have insurance, we offer a self-pay option for an intramuscular injection. Click here to view our price list.

Our Promise
to You

Icon of a message

Convenient Care

Walk in to one of five easy-to-find locations—all with plenty of parking—and our teams will strive to have you in-and-out within an hour. No appointment necessary.

Icon of a stethoscope

A Doctor is Always Available

We are staffed with board-certified physicians who offer world-class, same-day care at all of our urgent care locations.

Icon of a chart

Experienced Providers You Can Trust

We’re Miami-Dade’s only urgent care network backed by an academic medical center, with doctors and experienced providers who care about your wellbeing.

Icon of a hand holding a heart

Reasonable Rates

We accept most major insurance plans and offer competitive self-pay pricing options. Click here to learn more about the cost of our services and payment options.

Find an Urgent Care


Accepted Insurance

To aid with your care, we accept most major insurance plans, which offer lower copays for urgent care, as opposed to ER visits.

Self-Pay Options

If you don’t have insurance, that’s OK. You’ll pay reasonable rates based on the level of care needed. Our prices are competitive and comparable to other local providers.

Patient being attended to at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care