In the last days of 2020, people in Florida 65 and older began receiving their first shots of the coronavirus vaccine, but when and where the doses will be available will vary from country to country.
As of Dec. 28, Florida has vaccinated only three priority groups: health care workers, long-term care workers and residents, and people 65 and older. The healthcare group includes EMTs and paramedics as well as staff from the Department of Health.
[TRENDING: How to get vaccine in Florida | Will vaccine work on new strains? | Strange Florida: Here’s the proof]
Residents who fall under the groups should check their local health service websites for information on appointments and where vaccinations take place.
As the state receives more doses, more individuals among the first groups will qualify for vaccine priorities. Next will be frontline workers, such as grocery store employees, teachers and police, according to Governor Ron DeSantis.
Seminole County became the first site in Central Florida to deliver shots to people 65 and older, but the first day’s appointments filled quickly. Both vaccinations for Orange and Seminole are open to residents of the country.
Floridians are asked to be patient as the health department in the province draws up vaccination plans for millions of residents who meet the age qualifications. The state houses more than 4 million people aged 65 and older.
The vaccine is expected to be available to the general population only in the spring, including younger residents or non-frontline workers.
As of Dec. 28, the following counties in Central Florida have shared information to help people sign up for appointments and get more information about vaccine availability. This story will be updated as more provinces release details on the vaccination plan.
Brevard County | Appointment only
Brevard County is being vaccinated health care workers and frontline residents and staff of long-term care facilities and will begin vaccinating people on January 65th.
People who qualify under these priority groups should make an appointment. Residents should call 321-454-7141 to make a COVID-10 vaccine appointment. The line opened on December 29th.
The vaccination site will take place at Judge Fran Jamieson Way 2555 in Viera, which operates from 13:15 to 16:15 from Monday to Friday.
A driver’s license or medical license is required during the appointment.
People are asked to review the factsheet of the Modern COVID-19 vaccine. Residents are also asked to bring the COVID-19 consent form and the fact and privacy form.
Flagler County | Appointment only
The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County received its first round of COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 28 and is working with Flagler County Emergency Management to finalize the distribution.
Jonathan Lord, director of emergency management, said doses in this initial shipment were earmarked specifically for healthcare providers in our community. It is expected that other priority groups, especially those over 65 years of age, may start vaccinations in the coming weeks as additional doses are delivered.
Healthcare staff who do not work directly for a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility can receive the vaccination on Saturday, Jan. 2, during a one-day meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Flagler County residents 65 and older can make appointments from early January to be vaccinated. Once the country is ready to start making reservations for the residents, it shares a phone number. The timing will depend on when the health department receives the next vaccination, but possibly as early as January 4th.
Lake County | Appointment only
Lake County begins vaccinating people on Dec. 65 at two locations: Cooper Memorial Library and Lake Sumter College. Vaccinations are free, but appointments are required. There may be an opportunity to step in based on cancellations and the availability of appointments.
To register eligible people, call (352) 742-4830 from Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 16:00. Please bring identification and if you are a healthcare professional, you must bring a copy of your medical license, ID number or a current payment stick.
To sign up for the latest emergency notifications regarding COVID-19, send an SMS to COVIDUPDATE to 888777 or visit www.lakecountyfl.gov/COVID-19.
Marion County | Appointment only
The Marion County Department of Health is expected to receive its first COVID-19 Moderna vaccine for residents aged 65 and over during the last week of December.
Go to this link https://tinyurl.com/y98cxp6s to set up a vaccination and complete the form. For those without access to a computer or smartphone, call the COVID-19 hotline of Marion County at 352-644-2590 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and staff will submit the form online to you.
As soon as eligible residents submit their information on DOH-Marion’s website, they will be queued by staff to make an appointment. Staff call to schedule a vaccination appointment as the vaccine becomes available.
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a two-shot series, and the second shot is given 28 days after the first shot.
Orange County | Appointment only
The Orange County Department of Health delivered shots to EMTS and paramedics at the Orange County Convention Center on Dec. 26.
From Dec. 29, people 65 and older can start getting their vaccines in the Orange County Convention Center between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. Appointments are required.
This vaccination site is also open to people living outside of Orange County.
Residents can 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 Province will also provide updates by text if people send OCFLCOVID to 888777.
For those without smartphones or computers, community centers also offer registration for the vaccine. The community centers in East Orange, Taft, Holden Heights and Center Hills will have staff available to help people aged 65 and older sign up for vaccine appointments. Within the city of Orlando, the Beardall Senior Center in Delaney Avenue and L. Claudia Allen Senior Center in Mable Butler Avenue will be available to help residents register.
This link contains step-by-step registration instructions.
Osceola County | Appointment only
The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County received its first award of the Moderna vaccine on December 28th.
Persons aged 65 and over and healthcare professionals interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination can call 407-343-2000 to register. Once paired, they should follow the directions to receive more information about COVID-19 and stay on the line for the next available agent.
Due to the demand for calls, the country has also added an email option to register. Residents can email [email protected] and place “Vaccine” in the subject line. Include your full name and phone number in the content of the email.
People who register will have the option to receive the availability of vaccines by email. Health department staff will call to schedule appointments based on vaccine availability.
Osceola coordinates 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 by email at [email protected]
Polk County | TBD
The Florida Department of Health in Polk County has not yet submitted its plans.
“At the moment we are currently developing a plan for distribution as quickly as possible that meets the requirements of the governor’s executive order. As more doses become available, we will work with our community partners to notify the community when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available, ‘a department spokesman said.
Seminole County | Appointment only
On December 28, the Department of Health in Seminole County started firing on people aged 65 and over by appointment only at Oviedo Mall.
People can make an appointment by going to prepareseminole.org or by calling the mayor’s phone at 407-665-0000. People who are eligible for the vaccine can also go directly to Eventbrite to make an appointment.
This vaccine site is also available to people living outside Seminole County.
Residents can also send COVID19INFO to 888-777 to receive notifications when the vaccine is available for more groups.
Sumter County | TBD
Sumter County has not yet provided details on when people 65 and older will start vaccinating.
Volusia County | Drive up
Volusia County has vaccinated health workers as well as long-term care facilities, but people 65 and older will begin vaccinating on January 4th.
The first drive-through vaccination clinic will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Jan. 4 and 5 at Daytona Stadium at 3917 LPGA Blvd.
No appointments are required, but the provision of vaccines is limited and is offered first to the day. Vaccinations are free.
Those who come to the stadium for a vaccine must bring a photo ID. Individuals should also be required to complete a medical selection form and sign an informed consent form before being vaccinated.
Only the Moderna vaccine is provided during this initial community vaccination, which requires a second dose 28 days after the first shot. DOH-Volusia will return to this place within 28 days to offer the second dose to those who owe.
Before a vaccination is received, individuals will receive the Modern Emergency Factsheet and information on what to expect during and after the injection. Individuals are encouraged to contact their primary care provider with questions about whether they should receive the vaccine before being offered a vaccination site.
Upon receipt of a vaccination, recipients should remain on site for 15-30 minutes for medical monitoring.
Future vaccination dates at different locations in the country will be based on the availability of vaccines. Notices will be provided to the news media. Information will also be posted online at Volusia.org/coronavirus.
To keep up with the latest news on the pandemic, subscribe to News 6s coronavirus newsletter and go to ClickOrlando.com/coronavirus.
Copyright 2020 by WKMG ClickOrlando – All rights reserved.