COVID-19 Vaccination

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Florida has administered a COVID-19 vaccine to over 15 million people. Governor DeSantis' Seniors First strategy prioritized the most vulnerable populations in our state. Out of the 4.4 million seniors living in the state, Florida has vaccinated more than 3.8 million. 

Thanks to the leadership and preparation of Governor Ron DeSantis working with federal, state, and local partners Florida was the first state in the nation to begin offering vaccines to the staff and residents of Florida’s 4,000+ long-term care facilities. The Sunshine State was also the first to begin offering vaccines to EMTs and paramedics, and to mobilize county health departments and county emergency managers to actively vaccinate seniors 65 and older in the community.

Vaccine Supply

Florida is administering Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. 

The FDA has fully approved the Pfizer vaccine.  Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be administered under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA.

In January, I reached out to President Biden’s head of COVID-19 response requesting they prioritize Florida and increase our vaccine allotment in keeping with Governor DeSantis’ request. Following my letter, on Tuesday, January 26th the White House COVID-19 coordinator announced that over the next 3 weeks the federal government will be increasing vaccines dose distribution from 8.6 million to about 10 million per week - an increase of 16 percent. 

Vaccine Eligibility

Floridians 18 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.  Pfizer’s vaccine has been authorized for use in children 12-17 years of age. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. The form is available here.

Information on locations across my district is provided below.

Appointments are no longer required at any state-supported vaccination site.

Florida Department of Health Statewide Vaccine Locator: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida. Floridians can search by county or city and contact information for each location is included. 

Covid Treatments

Governor DeSantis has worked to open monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites across the Sunshine State. 

Monoclonal antibody treatments can be prescribed by health care providers to individuals 12 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 and are at high risk for severe illness and hospitalization. Under a standing order signed by Florida's State Surgeon General, patients in Florida may receive this treatment from an eligible healthcare provider without a prescription or referral.  NIH treatment guidelines recommend these antibodies be administered as soon as possible after diagnosis

To find locations to receive monoclonal antibody treatments, please visit patientportalfl.com.

Vaccine Locations

More than 2,000 vaccination sites have been opened statewide in partnership with local communities and hospitals. County locations are listed below in each respective county.  

Are you a homebound senior? If so, click here, or email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com or call 866-779-6121 to put in your request for vaccination. More than 24,000 homebound seniors, including Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans have been identified and vaccinated.

Federally-supported sites in Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Miami completed on Wednesday, May 26th having administered vaccines to more than 784,000 Floridians. 

Citrus County

Citrus-DOH is administering the vaccine to homebound residents. If you are homebound in Citrus County and desire to be vaccinated please call 352-527-0068, menu option 9 and then 3 to speak with a staff member.  Call center staff will gather essential information and an outreach team will set up a home visit date and time.

First and second doses of the Moderna vaccine (18+), single-dose J&J Janssen vaccine (18+) and the Pfizer vaccine (12+ with parental/guardian consent), are provided at the health department at 3700 W. Sovereign Path at the following days/times:

  • Mondays and Fridays, August 2-30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, August 4-25, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for Citrus County Health Department website.

Pharmacies administering COVID-19 vaccines:

Hernando County

Click here for Hernando County Health Department website.

DOH-Hernando vaccine appointments must be made by phone, by calling 352-540-6800 and choosing option 7. Phone calls are accepted on Mondays and Tuesdays for appointments scheduled that same week.

Pharmacies administering COVID-19 vaccines:

Lake County

Click here for the Lake County Health Department website.

This week, Lake-DOH is administering COVID-19 vaccines on a first-come, first-serve basis at:

  • DOH-Lake Community Health Site, 560 W. DeSoto Street, Clermont on Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • DOH-Leesburg, 2113 Griffin Road, Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • DOH-Lake Umatilla, 249 E. Collins Street, Umatilla on Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 p.m.

Please also follow or visit @FLHealthLake for updates and announcements. 

Pharmacies administering COVID-19 vaccines:

Marion County

Click here for the Marion County Health Department website.

Marion-DOH is providing COVID-19 vaccines first-come, first-serve, Monday through Friday, 8:00 - 11:00 am and 1:00 - 3:00 pm at health department locations throughout the county. If you would like to make an appointment, call 352-644-2590 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also visit https://tinyurl.com/MarionCOVIDvax to pre-register for a COVID-19 appointment online

Vaccines are also being offered at the below locations and dates

  • Thursdays, from July 29–Aug. 26:
    • From 9:30–11:30 a.m. at Rainbow Lakes Estates Oberman Building, 4040 SW Deepwater Court, Dunnellon
    • From 1:30–3:30 p.m. at Marion Oaks Community Center, 280 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala
  • Fridays, from July 30–Aug. 27:
    • From 3–6 p.m. at the McIntosh Civic Center, 5835 Avenue F, McIntosh
  • Saturday, August 21st
    • From 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church, 500 SW 17th Ave, Ocala.
Pharmacies administering COVID-19 vaccines:

Sumter County & The Villages

Click here to visit Sumter County Health Department website.

Pharmacies administering COVID-19 vaccines:

Veterans

North Florida / South Georgia Veterans Health System (NF-SGVHS) is offering COVID-19 vaccines to all enrolled, eligible veterans regardless of age. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 352-548-6000 ext. 103755

  • American Legion Post 57, 2602 SW Main Blvd, Lake City, 32025
  • American Legion Post 347, 699 W Lady Lake Blvd, Lady Lake, 32159
  • Orlando VA Medical Center, Lake Nona Campus, 4th Floor Auditorium, 13800 Veterans Way, Orlando, 32837. Call 407-631-0499 for an appointment.

The below locations are accepting walk-ins:

  • The Villages Outpatient Clinic, 8900 Southwest 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages, 32162 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Ocala CBOC, 1515 East Silver Springs Boulevard, Suite 226, Ocala, 34470 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, 1601 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, 32608 from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
For more information visit https://www.northflorida.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp. If the vaccine is not available at the preferred site of care, Veterans are encouraged to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine at another NF/SGVHS or attend one of the health system’s no appointment needed vaccination events.

To receive updates from the VA on COVID-19 vaccine administration, sign up for their updates here.   If you are in one of the risk groups identified by the VA, they may reach out to you to invite you to a nearby vaccination event or to schedule a vaccine appointment. This outreach will come via text message from 53079 or from an email ending with va.gov.

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The Save Lives Act, a bill I co-sponsored, which recently passed the House and Senate was signed into law by President Biden.  H.R. 2176 expands veteran access to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Under the bill, the VA must offer the vaccine to all enrolled Veterans – approximately 9.5 million – as vaccine supply permits, including:

  • Non-enrolled Veterans as defined in the new legislation, including those without service-connected disabilities and who have incomes above VA’s threshold.
  • Overseas Veterans who rely on the Foreign Medical Program.
  • Veteran caregivers who are enrolled in either the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers or the Program of General Caregiver Support Services.
  • Veteran caregivers enrolled in certain Geriatrics and Extended Care Programs, such as Veteran Directed Care, Bowel and Bladder, Home Based Primary Care and VA’s Medical Foster Home Program.
  • Civilian Health and Medical Programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs recipients.
  • Veteran spouses.

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Governor DeSantis has directed the Florida Department of Health and Division of Emergency Management to work with Florida Department of Veterans Affairs to identify homebound veterans of World War II and the Korean War who cannot travel to be vaccinated.  These departments are working to improve accessibility to these veterans.  If you are a WWII or Korean War veteran, please enter your contact information at this link or call 850-487-1533 extension 9.