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Everything you need to know about how to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida

Florida opens state-wide vaccine system but not all counties are using it

In the final days of 2020, people in Florida 65 and older began receiving their first shots of the coronavirus vaccine, but when and where those doses became available have varied from county to county.

Florida is currently vaccinating only four priority groups: Health care workers, long-term care facility staff and residents, people 65 or older and those deemed at high-risk for the virus at area hospitals. The health care group includes first responders, such as firefighters and paramedics as well as Department of Health staff.

As the state receives more doses, more individuals will qualify among the first vaccine priority groups. Next up teachers and law enforcement 55 years and older, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis. The governor expects to expand the vaccine eligibility groups sometime in March.

More than 2.8 million people in Florida have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the department of health database. Of those, nearly 1.5 million have received both shots.

After more than a month of 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.

When Moderna or Pfizer vaccines arrive in Florida the doses are handed over to local health departments and hospitals to distribute within their communities. Johnson & Johnson applied for an emergency approval from the FDA in early February for its coronavirus vaccine, which will add a third drug to distribution efforts.

All Publix supermarket locations in Florida are offering shots by appointment only beginning Feb. 26.

Select Winn-Dixie and Walmart stores are now also offering vaccine appointments in Florida, with Gov. DeSantis hoping to expand their programs.

As of Jan. 20, all vaccine sites in Florida are open to anyone in the priority groups who can prove full-time or part-time residency. Click here to find out who qualifies.

Residents will need to return to receive their second shot 21 or 28 days after their first dose, depending on which vaccine they receive. Doses can be administered anytime after the time-period required for the Pfizer or Moderna shots.

Floridians are asked to be patient as county health departments roll out vaccination plans for millions of residents who meet the age qualifications. The state is home to more than 4 million people 65 and older.

The vaccine is not expected to be available to the general population, including younger residents or non-frontline workers, until late spring.

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

Brevard County is inoculating frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities and began vaccinating people 65 and older on Jan. 4.

The county switched to the state-run appointment system on Jan. 29.

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.

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.

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.

OMNI Healthcare

Melbourne-based Omni Healthcare began administering COVID-19 vaccines to health care providers with direct patient contact on Jan. 7 and to people 65 and older on Jan. 8. Appointments are required. For information on OMNI Healthcare COVID-19 vaccinations call (321) 802-5515.

Publix

Select Publix pharmacy locations in Brevard County offer the vaccine by appointment. For a list of locations and appointment information click or tap here. New appointments open at 7 a.m. when more shots are available.

Flagler County | Appointment only

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

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County received its first round COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 28 and is working with Flagler County Emergency Management to distribute shots to the community.

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.

The best way to receive updates about COVID-19 vaccination appointment availability and testing is to text “FlaglerCOVID” to 888-777.

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.

Publix

Select Publix pharmacy locations in Flagler offer the vaccine by appointment. For a list of locations and appointment information click or tap here. New appointments open at 7 a.m. when more shots are available.

Lake County | First come, first serve by DOH and county government site by appointment

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.

A second vaccine location is at the Amazon Distribution Site in Groveland at 7453 Republic Drive. Only booster shots will also be available at this site until further notice.

The third site operated by the Florida Department of Health in Lake County is only offering second Moderna shot doses at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora at 6803 Old Highway 441 South.

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.

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.

People over 65 will need to present identification and frontline workers will need to present a copy of their medical license, employee badge or current paystub.

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.

Publix

Select Publix pharmacy locations in Lake County offer the vaccine by appointment. For a list of locations and appointment information click or tap here. New appointments open at 7 a.m. when more shots are available.

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 myvaccine.fl.gov or call 866-201-6768 (833-476-1519 TTY). For questions relating to sign-ups, residents can call 833-540-2070.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-shot series, with the second shot being provided 28 days after the first shot.

Some Publix pharmacies in Marion are offering the vaccine by appointment. Find the full list of locations here.

Orange County | Appointment only

The Orange County Department of Health began administering COVID-19 shots at the Orange County Convention Center at the end of December.

People 65 and older with appointments can get their vaccines at the Orange County Convention Center between 8 a.m. and 9 pm.

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

Orange County will continue to use its vaccine sign-up system, according to Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings, with no plans yet to switch over to the state system.

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.

Some Publix pharmacies in Orange County are offering the vaccine by appointment. Find the full list of locations here.

FEMA vaccine sites

FEMA-operated mobile vaccine units will be at the Engelwood Neighborhood Center on La Costa Drive from March 3 to March 6.

From March 7 to March 10 the vaccine unit will be at Kelly Park in Apopka.

Any Florida resident 65 and older who’s interested in visiting one of the federal sites can pre-register now at vaccine.fl.gov or by calling 833-959-0222.

Valencia College West Campus

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

Appointments for this site can be made at myvaccine.fl.gov once they become available. Only residents 65 and older and health care workers are eligible for inoculation at this time.

Orlando VA

When it receives more shots the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake Nona will host COVID-19 vaccination clinics for veterans 75 and older who receive care at the VA.

Vaccines will be available by appointment as well as open to walk-ins, as supply allows. To schedule a vaccination appointment, veterans can call 407-631-0499 between Monday- Friday from 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. or leave a voicemail during non-business hours.

The clinic is held at 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando. The vaccine clinic will be on the fourth-floor auditorium.

More events will be announced as supplies increase.

Osceola County | By appointment only

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County received its first allocation of the Moderna vaccine on Dec. 28 and switched to the state-run appointment system on Jan. 29.

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

Select Publix pharmacies in Osceola are offering the vaccine by appointment only. Click here for a list of locations and how to register.

Polk County | Appointment only

The Polk County Department of Health opened a phoneline on Jan. 8 to begin making vaccine appointments for people 65 and older and later added an online portal for reservations starting Jan. 14.

Registration for a future 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.

A state-run “vaccine pod” opened up at the Solivita retirement community in Polk County on Jan. 28. Health care workers, with the assistance of the Florida National Guard, administered doses of the vaccine to residents of the community. The club manager for Solivita said 7,000 residents of the community are eligible for the vaccine.

The vaccine pod is not open to the general public.

Select Publix pharmacies in Polk County are offering the vaccine by appointment only. Click here for a list of locations and how to register.

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.

Seminole County began administering the second dose to people over 65 on Jan. 25.

Select Publix pharmacies in Seminole County are offering the vaccine by appointment only. Click here for a list of locations and how to register.

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, due to the length of time between signing up and more vaccines arriving some of those people have been vaccinated at other sites, according to officials.

While the DOH sorts through those sign-ups the county set up a temporary registration that will run for two weeks beginning Feb. 27 at noon. Click here to register. The link will not be live until noon on Feb. 27.

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.

Select Publix pharmacies in Sumter County are offering the vaccine by appointment only. Click here for a list of locations and how to register.

Volusia County | By appointment

Daytona Beach VA

The Daytona Beach VA is offering coronavirus vaccinations at its outpatient clinic for veterans in their care.

Veterans must be 75 years old or older and enrolled for veterans affairs health care benefits to be eligible to register for vaccination at 515 National Health Care Dr.

Those eligible to receive the vaccine can call (407) 631-0499 between 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment. Daytona Beach city leaders say patients can also call during non-business hours and leave a voicemail, assuring the call will be returned.

Publix

Select Publix pharmacies in Volusia County are offering the vaccine by appointment only. Click here for a list of locations and how to register.

Volusia County Fairgrounds in DeLand

The Volusia County DOH and county government is holding a vaccine event on Feb. 18 and 19 at the Volusia County Fairground in DeLand for people needing their second doses. This is a closed event for people who received their shots at Jan. 21 and 22 events.

Beginning the week of Feb. 15, appointments will need to be made for first doses at myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-7314.

As of Feb. 16, 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.

Select Publix grocery stores in Volusia County are also offering the vaccine by appointment. Click here for a list of locations and how to make an appointment.

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

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