COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida

Latest Vaccine Updates

3/1

Governor DeSantis has expanded the groups eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. Beginning March 3, eligible residents include:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 65 years of age and older;
  • Persons under 65 deemed medically vulnerable by a physician;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older

2/23

Governor Ron DeSantis announced that CVS Health will now offer COVID-19 vaccinations at 81 select CVS Pharmacy, CVS Pharmacy y más, and Navarro Discount Pharmacy locations in 13 counties across Florida. Participating locations are in the following counties: Broward (2), Collier (1), Escambia (1), Flagler (1), Hendry (1), Gadsden (1), Hillsborough (1), Manatee (1), Miami-Dade (67), Palm Beach (1), Polk (2), St. Lucie (1), and Volusia (1).

2/19

Governor DeSantis announced a partnership with FEMA to provide four new mass vaccination sites in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami. The sites will open on March 3 and provide 2,000 vaccines daily at each. The sites also will be paired with two mobile sites that can provide 500 vaccines daily.

For updates about the vaccine and distribution from Governor Ron DeSantis, text FLCOVID19 to 888777.

Florida has many sites that are providing COVID-19 vaccines to eligible persons, but supplies are limited and appointments may not be available at many of these sites.

Vaccine pre-registration now available

The state has developed a pre-registration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for priority populations. To pre-register click here. Individuals can call and pre-register if they do not have Internet access. Please find the complete list of phone numbers by county here.

The state is prioritizing persons 65 years of age and older and health care personnel with direct patient contact and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. Please be aware that some locations are only serving very specific populations, such as frontline health care workers.

This list will be updated as more sites and vaccines become available.

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Appointments may be required and vaccine availability will vary from as we work to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable first.

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Securing and distributing COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority for the state of Florida. COVID-19 vaccinations are a critical resource to preventing the further spread of the virus and allowing Floridians to return to the normal pace of life.

The state’s draft COVID-19 vaccination plan submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is publicly available on the Florida Department of Health’s website here.

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The following COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the prevention of COVID-19:

  • The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in persons 16 years of age and older.
  • The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for use in persons 18 years of age and older.

The Florida Department of Health will continue to provide information to the general public as other COVID-19 vaccines become available.

Vaccine Priority Groups*

Eligible Persons as of 12/23/20 Health care personnel with direct patient contact
Long-term care facility residents and staff
Persons 65 years of age and older
Persons deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

 

*Fla. Exec. Order No. 20-315 (Dec. 23, 2020). www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-315.pdf.

Securing and distributing COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority for the state of Florida. Safe and effective vaccination is going to take time and is contingent on vaccine supply.

The state is committed to providing each priority group and the general public with COVID-19 vaccine as supply becomes available. The Florida Department of Health will continue to provide updates on individuals eligible for COVID-19 vaccination as more information and guidance becomes available.

State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Advisory on January 21 prioritizing vaccines for residents of the State of Florida or individuals in Florida for the purpose of providing health care services involving direct contact with patients.

To prove residency an adult resident must provide a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license or a copy of a valid Florida identification card.

Seasonal residents may provide a copy of two of the following the show proof of residential address:

  1. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  2. One proof of residential address from the season resident’s parent, step-parent or legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
  3. A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration.
  4. A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
  5. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
  6. Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.

Eligible individuals can get the COVID-19 vaccine at these locations:

  • Florida Retail Pharmacies – there are more than 800 retail pharmacies in Florida scheduling vaccine appointments for eligible individuals. These sites are listed on the state’s Vaccine Locator here.
  • Hospitals are administering COVID-19 vaccine to health care workers with direct patient contact, including health care workers in their communities, as well as persons 65 years of age and older and hospital providers may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
    • A list of hospitals administering COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.
  • County Health Departments are administering COVID-19 vaccine to persons 65 years of age and older.
    • County Health Departments may require you to register for an appointment. Please check your County Health Department or county government’s website for more information.  County Health Department contact information can be found at FloridaHealth.gov under “Contact Florida Health, Local Health Offices”.

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. Click here to learn about COVID-19 treatment. Click here to review the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.