Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine?
The Food & Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age or older. To obtain the vaccine in Florida, individuals 12-18 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian.
All Florida residents 18 years of age or older and persons providing goods and services to Floridians are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. Further, any individual who is providing or coordinating vaccines is encouraged to ensure that no COVID-19 vaccine is wasted.
PERSONS AGES 12-17: The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 12 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian.
To see the Surgeon General’s latest public health advisory related to vaccine eligibility, click here.
To see the latest Executive Order related to vaccine eligibility, click here.
Find COVID-19 vaccination sites near you.
Appointments may be required and vaccine availability will vary from as we work to provide vaccines to the most vulnerable first.
Pre-register for a vaccine
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.
Do I need an appointment?
Appointments are required at retail pharmacies and most state sites.
Florida and the federal government have established several Mass Vaccination Sites that do not require appointments.
The following COVID-19 vaccines have received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 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 Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine for use in persons 18 years and older. NOTE: As of April 13, 2021, the state of Florida is pausing all Johnson & Johnson (Jansenn) vaccines per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the FDA. Click here to learn more about the CDC and FDA guidance.
All COVID-19 vaccines are free to Floridians. The Florida Department of Health will continue to provide information to the general public as other COVID-19 vaccines become available.
Effective Monday, April 5, 2021 all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. To learn more, click here.
State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Advisory on April 29 that directs that vaccines shall be provided for Florida residents or to those persons who is providing goods and services for the benefit of residents and visitors in the state of Florida.
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:
- A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
- 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.
- A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration.
- A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
- Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
- 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. Explore these sites using the state’s Vaccine Locator.
- 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.
- 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”.
People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms.
Talk with your doctor regarding specific treatments. At this time, COVID-positive patients may be able to receive COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (CmAb) therapy. There are 175 sites in Florida listed on the National Infusion Center’s COVID-19 monoclonal antibody (CmAb) Locator, including both hospital and non-hospital sites. Click here to find a location near you.