How and where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

Anyone 12 and older now eligible for vaccine shots in Florida

Many sites across Central Florida are offering the COVID-19 vaccine on a walk-in basis.
Many sites across Central Florida are offering the COVID-19 vaccine on a walk-in basis.

Florida is currently administering COVID-19 vaccines to all adults and teens 16 and older following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ “seniors first” approach.

As of May 13, all Florida residents who are at least 12 years old are eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Currently, children 12 and older can only get the Pfizer vaccine.

Anyone over 18 years old may receive any of the available three vaccines.

Prior to this latest eligibility expansion, the priority groups included health care workers, first responders and, under federal guidelines, educators and school staff.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis first opened up vaccines to seniors over 65 at the end of December when vaccination efforts first began. According to Florida Department of Health vaccine data, seniors make up a large majority of Florida’s vaccinated residents. More than 4 million people over 65 in Florida have had at least their first dose by April 5 when Florida opened up vaccines to all adults.

Nearly 9.4 million people in Florida have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the department of health database. Of those, more than 7.2 million have received both shots or the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine.

After the initial chaos during Florida’s rollout of vaccines to its most vulnerable residents, the state opened vaccine pre-registration appointment hotlines for all 67 Florida counties. However, it’s important to note that not all counties were utilizing the statewide appointment system. Signing up with the state site might not result in an appointment any time soon depending on where you live. People should continue to check with their local health departments for guidance on vaccines.

The full list of toll-free numbers can be found here. The state also launched an online vaccine appointment queue at myvaccine.fl.gov where eligible residents can register for shots and will be notified when they are available.

FEMA-supported vaccinated sites began operating during the first week in March in Orlando at Valencia College, Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa.

All vaccine sites in Florida are open to anyone in the priority groups who can prove full-time or part-time residency and people who work in the state but do not live here.

On May 4, the federal government rolled out a new website at vaccines.gov where people can search for available vaccine locations near them.

Retail pharmacy options

All Publix supermarket locations in Florida are offering shots by appointment only.

Find a list of CVS Pharmacy locations and make an appointment for a vaccine here.

Select Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies are offering vaccines, click here to register and find a list of locations.

Some Winn-Dixie locations are offering shots by appointment. Appointments can be made here.

Walgreens pharmacies in certain counties are offering vaccines by appointment, click here to find out if its offered in your area.

Harveys Supermarket locations are offering vaccines. Appointments can be made here.

Fresco y Más pharmacy locations in Florida are offering vaccine appointments. Click here to learn more.

Places of Worship

The state is also hosting vaccine sites at places of worship to reach underserved communities. Those sites continue to change and the full running list can be found here.

Mobile sites operating during weekends

The state is supporting mobile or pop-up vaccine events during the weekend to help make the vaccine more accessible outside of the workweek. Those sites continue to change and are posted weekly here.

Central Florida vaccine locations

The following counties in Central Florida have shared information to help people register for appointments and get more information on vaccine availability. This story will be updated as new appointments open and vaccine plans change.

Brevard County | Appointment only

To pre-register for an appointment in Brevard County call 866-201-5420 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

People who qualify under these priority groups must make an appointment.

The vaccine site will be a drive-thru located at 2555 Judge Fran Jamieson Way in Viera.

A driver’s license or healthcare badge is required at the time of the appointment.

The site expanded its hours to allow those who have no appointments to be able to receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine on weekdays between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m as well as weekends between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Brevard Public School officials said the district will work with staff over 65 and healthcare specialists who work with students to make sure they have the time needed to get vaccinated.

People are asked to review the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine fact sheet. Residents are also asked to bring the COVID-19 vaccine consent form and the facts and privacy form for appointments and non-appointments.

The state-run system also has a helpline for Brevard County which will connect individuals directly with an operator to answer questions regarding the pre-registration system. Brevard County’s helpline number is 833-540-2041.

Palm Bay | Appointment only

The city of Palm Bay is offering vaccines beginning April 9 by appointment only at a drive-thru site.

To make a vaccination appointment, call (321) 726-2790. The phone line will be operational only after 9 a.m. April 5.

Vaccine event address: Palm Bay Fire Rescue Headquarters, 899 Carlyle Ave. SE

Viera VA | Appointments and walk-ins

The Viera VA Health Care Center is offering vaccines for veterans of any age, their caregivers, spouses and some beneficiaries under the Saves Lives Act signed by President Joe Biden on March 24.

To register visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ or walk-in to any clinic at the Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona, Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center, Viera VA Health Care Center, and Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty CBOC.

For more information on times and locations click or tap here.

To schedule an appointment call 407-631-0499.

Palm Bay CBOC Drive-thru | Appointments only

To register visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/

OMNI Healthcare

Melbourne-based OMNI Healthcare is administering COVID-19 vaccines in Brevard County. Appointments are required. For information on OMNI Healthcare COVID-19 vaccinations call (321) 802-5515.

Starting Monday, April 5, the vaccine will be offered to those over the age of 18.

Flagler County | Appointment only

To pre-register for a vaccine appointment in Flagler County call 1-866-201-1541 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

Vaccinations have been taking place at the Flagler County Fairgrounds at 150 Sawgrass Road in Bunnell. Drivers are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled appointment.

Beginning April 5 to accommodate the new vaccine eligibility Flagler County will be opening new vaccine sites operating by appointment only. Below are the hours and addresses for those locations:

Parkview Church Palm Coast | 5435 Belle Terre Blvd

When: Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

How to make an appointment: Visit parkviewlife.com/vaccines

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church | 4600 Belle Terre Blvd

This site is offering appointments on Fridays and Saturdays which require two different registration methods depending on the day you go.

When: Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For appointments on Fridays call 386-445-2246.

When: Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For appointments on Saturdays visit myvaccine.fl.gov or call 866-201-1541.

Select Publix grocery stores in Flagler County are also offering the vaccine by appointment. Health officials in Flagler County said each Publix is expected to receive 300 doses of the vaccine per week. Click here for a list of locations and details on how to make an appointment.

Lake County | First come, first serve or by appointment depending on location

The Lake Square Mall vaccine site started offering appointments on Jan. 26. To pre-register for an appointment call 866-201-6909 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

The mall will be accepting walk-ins for the first and second dose of the Pfizer vaccine starting Monday, April 19. Walk-ins will be eligible between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, April 19 and 20. For Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 21-23, hours will be between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. for walk-ins. The site will be closed Saturday, April 24.

The state-supported vaccination site at the Lake Square Mall will stop offering first doses of the Pfizer vaccine after May 4, according to a release from the county. Starting May 5, people will only be able to receive the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine through May 25.

A second vaccine location at the Amazon Distribution Site in Groveland at 7453 Republic Drive is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The vaccine site at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora at 6803 Old Highway 441 South offers vaccines on Tuesday and Thursday. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the site is open for first and second doses on a first-come, first-serve basis.

During the week of April 12 through April 16, St. Patrick Catholic Church will operate on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.

Anyone who got their first shot at a Lake DOH site will receive a call with appointment information. Second dose recipients will need to have a photo ID and the CDC vaccination card provided at their first shot.

Anyone not contacted by the due date on their appointment card provided at their first shot is asked to call 352-268-9299.

From April 12 through April 16, the Lake DOH site will operate from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for scheduled second doses only.

Health officials said as more vaccines come in an announcement will be made through the Lake County DOH website, lake.floridahealth.gov or on Twitter at @FLHealthLake.

Residents can get vaccine updates via text by texting COVIDUPDATE to 888777.

The Lake County Government has also been offering vaccines by appointment at Lake-Sumter State College in Leesburg. People who received their first shots there will later go to the Lake Square Mall for their boosters, according to the county board of commissioners.

For the week of April 12, the Lake Square Mall site will run Wednesday, April 14, through Friday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for scheduled second doses only.

Students in Lake County will also be able to get the vaccine beginning April 5 at area high schools. For the full schedule and locations, click or tap here.

Marion County | Appointment only

The Department of Health in Marion County COVID-19 vaccination operations is at Paddock Mall, located at 3100 Southwest College Road in Ocala.

The site, a joint venture with AdventHealth Ocala, Marion County Emergency Management and Paddock Mall, is available for vaccinations by appointment only.

People with vaccination appointments will park at the Paddock Mall entrance nearest the Belk department store entrance on Southwest College Road.

The Paddock Mall vaccination site is open for appointments each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, offering several hundred vaccination appointments each day.

To pre-register for vaccines in Marion County, visit http://tinyurl.com/MarionCOVIDvax or call 352-644-2590.

Orange County

The Orange County Department of Health began administering COVID-19 shots at the Orange County Convention Center at the end of December and plans to stop using the mass vaccine location by May 22. The county has turned to a new strategy offering pop-up or mobile vaccine sites around the county.

Residents can pre-register at OCFL.net/vaccines where they can also sign up for email updates to learn more about vaccine distribution. Here is the direct link to register. The convention center will only be offering second dose appointments as the site recently stopped administering first doses.

The county will also provide updates via text if people text OCFLCOVID to 888777.

For those without smartphones or computers, community centers will also offer registration for the vaccine. The East Orange, Taft, Holden Heights and Center Hills community centers will have staff available to help people 65 and older register for vaccine appointments. Within the city of Orlando, the Beardall Senior Center on Delaney Avenue and L. Claudia Allen Senior Center on Mable Butler Avenue will be available to help residents register.

This link has step-by-step registration instructions.

Magic Gym vaccine locations

Beginning May 4, select Orange County recreational centers will offer the vaccine.

All of the sites below are Tuesday through Sunday and closed Mondays.

  • Tuesday through Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday through Sunday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

South Econ

Where: 3850 South Econlockhatchee Trail

Meadow Woods

Where: 1751 Rhode Island Woods Circle

West Orange

Where: 309 Southwest Crown Point Road

Goldrenrod Park

Where: 4863 North Goldenrod Road

Orange County Public Library | No appointments, walk-ups only

Where: 4600 S. Orange Blossom Trail

When: Beginning March 22, seven days a week for six to 10 weeks.

Orange County Barnett Park | No appointments, walk-ups only

Where: 4801 West Colonial Drive

When: 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Valencia College West Campus | Walk up

The White House announced federally-supported vaccine sites in Florida in early March. One of those is now operating at the Valencia College West Campus at 1800 S. Kirkman Road.

The site is walk-up only.

The FEMA-supported vaccine site in Orlando is scheduled to close May 26.

Orlando VA

The Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake Nona and the Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center are offering COVID-19 vaccination clinics for veterans of any age, their caregivers, spouses and some beneficiaries under the Saves Lives Act signed by President Joe Biden on March 24.

Where: Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona 4th floor main auditorium

When: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

OR

Where: Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center

When: 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ or walk-in to any clinic at the Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona, Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center, Viera VA Health Care Center, and Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty CBOC.

For more information on times and locations click or tap here.

Osceola County | By appointment only

To pre-register for a vaccine appointment in Osceola County call 866-201-6507 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov.

Osceola is coordinating with Osceola County Emergency Management and community partners to offer community-based and mass vaccination clinics as the COVID-19 vaccine becomes more readily available. Residents should continue to check osceola.floridahealth.gov for updates.

The vaccine site is located at the Kissimmee City Chambers Park and Community Center (2380 Smith Street Kissimmee, FL 34744) and open seven days a week.

The department’s COVID-19 call center is available 24/7 at 1-866-779-6121 or via email at COVID-19@flhealth.gov.

Polk County | Appointment only

Registration for a Polk County vaccine appointment can be found at this link or make an appointment by calling 863-298-7500 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

After those appointments are filled, callers will be placed on a registration list for future openings, according to the Polk County DOH.

When callers receive their appointment time they will be given the location of the vaccine site.

Residents should follow updates at Polk.FloridaHealth.gov for vaccine availability or call 863-298-7500 to be placed on a waitlist for appointments.

Reliance Medical Centers

Reliance Medical Centers in Lakeland and Winter Haven are providing 20 shots per day at each location. Eligible residents must register through the Florida Department of Health in Polk County’s web portal. From there, health department staff will send Reliance a list of eligible residents each week and Reliance will then contact each individual to schedule their appointment. More information is available here.

Seminole County | Appointment only

The Seminole County Office of the Emergency Management in conjunction with the health department began administering shots to people 65 and older on Dec. 28 by appointment only at the Oviedo Mall. Health care workers can also go to this site for the vaccine.

People can make an appointment by going to prepareseminole.org or by calling the citizens’ hotline at 407-665-0000 or go directly to Eventbrite to book an appointment.

People can continue to check back on the Eventbrite for cancellations or for when more appointments become available.

This vaccine location is open to people who live outside of Seminole County and the criteria were recently expanded to include non-hospital health care workers.

Sumter County | Appointment only

The Florida Department of Health in Sumter County is offering vaccinations at the Wildwood Community Center based on vaccine availability.

Vaccine registration is available at myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 1-(866)-201-7196 TTY 1-(833)-476-1457.

If you signed up for vaccination through the state pre-registration system by calling 866-201-7196 or online at https://myvaccine.fl.gov/, you will be contacted to re-confirm your interest in vaccination.

Sumter County Health Department employees are sorting through the people who filled out a request at myvaccine.fl.gov.

Global Medical Response also continues to provide vaccine shots in Sumter County. Currently, those appointments are happening at Lake Sumter College in Sumterville. On March 8, the Global Medical Response vaccine site will move to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church.

Volusia County

Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand

The Volusia County DOH and county government continues to hold vaccine events at the Volusia County Fairground in DeLand.

Appointments will need to be made for first doses at myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-7314.

The Volusia County Fairgrounds at 3150 E. New York Ave. in DeLand is now a walk-up site with vaccine opportunities on Thursday and Friday. Face masks are required.

Individuals who are not able to access the internet via a computer, tablet or cellphone may call 866-345-0345 for assistance scheduling an appointment until registrations have reached capacity for this event. Calls will be answered in the order they are received and may be busy due to high call volumes. With high demand and limited supply of vaccines, appointments are expected to fill very quickly.

There is a maximum of two registrations per transaction online and three registrations per transaction via telephone.

Future vaccination dates in several locations across the county will be based on vaccine availability. Notifications will be provided to the news media. Information also will be posted online at Volusia.org/coronavirus.

To preregister with the statewide system, Floridians can click this link or call 866-201-7314.

Crews working with the system will call Floridians when vaccine appointments are available.

County officials said preregistering does not guarantee an appointment.

Daytona Beach VA | By Appointment or walk-ins

The Daytona Beach VA Multi-Specialty Clinic is offering vaccines for veterans of any age, their caregivers, spouses and some beneficiaries under the Saves Lives Act signed by President Joe Biden on March 24.

Where: Room 182

When: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To register visit https://www.va.gov/health-care/covid-19-vaccine/ or walk-in to any clinic at the Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona, Lake Baldwin VA Medical Center, Viera VA Health Care Center, and Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty CBOC.

For more information on times and locations click or tap here.

Below is a map of all current vaccine sites around Central Florida.

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About the Author:

Emilee is a digital journalist for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com, where she writes about space and Central Florida news. Previously, Emilee was a space writer and web editor for the Orlando Sentinel and a producer at the Naples Daily News.