COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida

COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida

Demand for the COVID-19 vaccine is far in excess of the supply the state has received so far. It is anticipated that additional supplies will be coming soon.

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.

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.

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

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

 

On December 11, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine, so that the first COVID-19 vaccines are available to individuals 16 years of age and older.

Securing and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority for the state of Florida. A COVID-19 vaccine will be 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. 

The state of Florida is committed to providing timely and important updates regarding the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. Please find the latest information below.

  • 01/21 – Public Health Advisory – Prioritization of Floridians for COVID-19 Vaccinations Given in Florida
  • 01/09 – Notice of Emergency Rule – 64DER20-43: Vaccine Reporting Requirements can be found here.
  • 01/08 – The current list of hospitals in Florida that have received the COVID-19 vaccine can be found here.
  • 01/07 – Health care professions whose governing practice act or federal guidance authorizes the administration of vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines, can be found here.
  • 12/30-  Florida has received 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, following Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Doses of the Moderna vaccine have been distributed to 227 hospital locations that did not receive doses in the first allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Find the full list here.
  • 12/16 – Florida is preparing to receive 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine next week, pending Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Doses of the Moderna vaccine will be distributed to 173 hospital locations that did not receive doses in the first allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. These hospital locations span 43 counties. Find the full list here.
  • 12/14 – The CDC has launched a smartphone based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more about V-safe here.
Resources

Moderna Fact Sheet For Recipients And Caregivers

Moderna Fact Sheet For Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine

Pfizer Fact Sheet For Recipients And Caregivers

Pfizer Fact Sheet For Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Distribution for Allocation of Moderna Vaccine

Governor Ron DeSantis Provides Updates on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

Letter Of Authorization

COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit

We are preparing to distribute safe and effective vaccines to Florida’s most vulnerable populations beginning in late 2020 or early 2021. After that, vaccines will become available to other Floridians. Click here to review the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.

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.

The following entities are administering COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals:

  • 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.