County-by-County: How to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Central Florida

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The COVID-19 vaccination is rolling out across the United States, with some doses becoming available to the general public.

Here is a county-by-county list of where and when people 65 and older can receive COVID-19 vaccinations in Central Florida. 

SEMINOLE COUNTY

Seminole County is vaccinating healthcare workers and those 65 and older.

First-round appointments are currently filled but when additional appointments become available, individuals age 65 and older may register.

Those who want to be vaccinated must register online at PrepareSeminole.org or by calling 407-665-0000, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also text "COVID19INFO" to 888-777 to make an appointment. 

NOTE: On Tuesday, January 5th, Seminole County officials reported that PrepareSeminole.org is down and that residents can register for vaccine appointments HERE via EventBrite.

If you are a healthcare worker who wants to be vaccinated, proof of healthcare employment will be required upon check-in to receive the vaccine. A government-issued ID should match the proof of employment. Proof of employment can include a work identification badge or pay stub from a healthcare employer.

Physician clearance letters are no longer required for individuals responding affirmatively to screening questions. However, individuals receiving the vaccine should consult their physician if they have concerns; a signed waiver is required to receive the vaccine. Waivers can be downloaded from PrepareSeminole.org to expedite on-site check-in. Paper waivers will be available at appointment check-in, as well. 

You reportedly do not need to be a Seminole County resident to receive the vaccine. There is also no charge for patients receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m.to 4:00 p.m.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

County officials said that they also will hold a COVID-19 vaccination event for individuals 65 and older between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday at Dewey O. Boster Sports Complex at 1200 Saxon Boulevard in Deltona. 

Appointments are required and must be made at volusiacountyc19deweyoboster.eventbrite.com. Online registration opens on Tuesday at 3 p.m. 1,000 appointments can be each day and are available in one-hour timeslots. Those who have trouble accessing the internet are encouraged to call 866-345-0345.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

ORANGE COUNTY

Orange County Convention Center:

The Orange County Convention Center will distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to Orange County residents with an appointment.

To register, visit OCFL.net/vaccines and click on the link to the registration site.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

Orlando Health:

Orlando Health has also expanded its COVID-19 vaccination program to include healthcare professionals, like dental staff, and family members of Orlando Health staff members.

Orlando Health vaccination events are open to:

  • All front-line healthcare professionals not affiliated with Orlando Health (including dental staffs and EMS)
  • Residents and staff at nursing homes and assisted living facilities who have been unable to get vaccinated
  • Orlando Health team members and medical staff family members and loved ones who are age 65 or older
  • Orlando Health team members and medical staff members who have not yet received the first dose of the vaccine

The news release said that an appointment is required to receive the free Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. To make an appointment, which is available on a first-come basis, visit https://vaccine.orlandohealth.com. Walk-up appointments will not be accepted.

Appointments will be available at these Orlando Health facilities:

  • Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital
  • Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
  • Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital
  • Orlando Health – Health Central Hospital
  • Orlando Health South Lake Hospital
  • Orlando Health St. Cloud Hospital
  • Bayfront Health St. Petersburg

OSCEOLA COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County (FDOH-Osceola) is preparing for the next allocation of COVID-19 vaccine. FDOH-Osceola staff has contacted those who registered by phone or email prior to registration closing to offer appointments.

A new process will be used to request an appointment. A COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Request Form may be submitted by those interested in receiving a first dose vaccination or a second dose, if the first dose was not administered by FDOHOsceola. 

The FDOH-Osceola COVID-19 Appointment Request Form can be found here.

Vaccination appointments will be scheduled January 21 through January 30 based on vaccine availability. Submission of the form does not guarantee an appointment. Appointment confirmations will be sent via email.

Regarding second dose vaccinations, if the first dose of vaccine was administered by FDOH-Osceola, staff will follow-up to schedule the second dose appointment. These individuals are asked to monitor their email and not  submit the COVID-19 Vaccination Appointment Request Form. Those who received a first dose vaccination at FDOH-Osceola and have not been contacted 2 days prior to their second dose due date should call 407-5520120, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

FDOH-Osceola vaccination events are relocating to Centro Cristiano Dios De Pactos Church located at 1130 Simmons Road, Kissimmee, FL 34744. Appointments are required for these events. To minimize traffic congestion and wait times, those with appointments should arrive at their scheduled time. Those arriving early will not be allowed to proceed through the line

.Updates on vaccine availability and scheduling are available at http://osceola.floridahealth.gov and on Osceola County’s website at https://osceola.org/covid19vaccinations.

MARION COUNTY

Marion County residents ages 65 and older can get their first COVID-19 vaccination.

The Department of Health in Marion County is slated to receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine for residents ages 65 and older soon and is starting the signup process for people who would like to be vaccinated.

To request vaccination by the health department, CLICK HERE and complete the requested information form. If you do not have computer access, you can call the Marion County COVID-19 hotline at 352-644-2590 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and staff will submit the form online for you.

COVID-19 vaccinations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once eligible, residents submit their information on DOH-Marion’s website, they will be placed in line for a call-back by staff to set an appointment. Staff will call to schedule a vaccination appointment as vaccines become available. 

Residents who sign up to receive the vaccination at the health department will receive the Moderna vaccine. The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is a 2-shot series, with the second shot being provided 28 days after the first shot.

FLAGLER COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County is working with Flagler County Emergency Management to distribute COVID-19 vaccines.

According to Heath Officer Robert Snyder and Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord, doses in this initial shipment have been earmarked specifically for healthcare providers in our community. It is anticipated that other priority groups, particularly those over the age of 65, are eligible to be vaccinated.

Healthcare professionals who do not work directly for a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility can receive the vaccination Saturday, January 2 at a one-day event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road in Bunnell.

These workers reportedly include people with direct patient contact who work in doctor’s offices, clinics, dentist offices, home health care, urgent care, hospice, and pharmacies. They will need to show government-issued photo identification, as well as official identification from their healthcare employer or similar proof of employment.

The next priority group will be people over the age of 65, per Governor Ron DeSantis’ most recent executive order. Flagler County residents meeting this criterion can make appointments to be vaccinated starting in early January. The timing will depend on when the health department receives the next allotment of vaccine, ideally as early as next week. Details, including the reservation phone number, will be shared as they are finalized.

ALACHUA COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is distributing COVID-19 vaccines.

Health officials said they are now accepting registrations from Alachua County residents who are age 65 and older.

Those who want to receive the first of two doses must register online by filling out a Florida Department of Health Alachua County form or call 352-334-8810 to register. The hotline will be open between 8 a.m. and midnight seven days a week.

Registration reportedly requires your name, date of birth, phone number, and address. An Alachua County Health Department will contact you when vaccine availability is confirmed regarding a location and time.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

VOLUSIA COUNTY

The Department of Health in Volusia County said that those at least 65 years of age can be vaccinated.

They said that the vaccines will be distributed between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday at the Daytona Stadium located at 3917 LPGA Boulevard. The doses will be given via drive-thru and it is first-come, first-served.

The vaccines are also reportedly free. Photo IDs are required to receive one.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

BREVARD COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Brevard County is offering free, appointment-only COVID-19 vaccinations.

Those who are 65 and older and healthcare workers who provide direct patient care but who are not associated with a hospital system can make an appointment to receive one.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments can only be made through an online system; appointments cannot be scheduled through our website or by email or phone.

To receive text alerts from Brevard County Emergency Management when additional vaccine is received and appointments are available, text BrevardEOC to 888777.

When an alert is issued, it will include a link to the online registration system.

Please note: COVID-19 vaccinations are free of charge. Please do not register for a vaccination appointment that requires payment. Only follow appointment links from this site or Brevard County Emergency Management directly.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

LAKE COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health in Lake County is distributing COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers and those 65 and older on Wednesday.

There have two locations open for vaccinations in Leesburg and Clermont.

  • 2525 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont, FL 34711, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • 9501 US-441, Leesburg, FL 34788, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Vaccines will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

They said the Florida Department of Health in Lake County has given the County Government some doses to distribute. Appointments are required for these doses and can be made at https://scheduling.lakecountyfl.gov.

However, please note that as of 2:41 p.m. on Tuesday, all appointments were filled. First-come, first-serve at the locations above are still an available option. 

There is no fee for the vaccine and appointments are necessary, they added. Identification is required and if you are a healthcare worker, you must bring along a medical license or ID badge, or current paystub.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

POLK COUNTY

The Florida Department of Health Polk County said that its COVID-19 vaccination registration portal is now open for online reservations for those 65 years of age and older.

Those who want to receive a COVID-19 vaccine can reserve an appointment at https://register.polk.health/. Users can also create an account and upload their personal information for a future appointment

If you wish to register for an appointment by phone, you can be calling 863-298-7500. The hotline is open between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the weekend, it is open between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

PUBLIX PHARMACIES

Publix pharmacies in some Florida counties offer COVID-19 vaccines.

Seniors 65 and older can book their appointment at publix.com/covidvaccine. 

Here is a list of locations in Central Florida:  

MARION COUNTY

  • Forty East Shopping Center, 3450 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala
  • Canopy Oak Center, 8075 SW Highway 200, Unit 111, Ocala
  • Park View Commons, 3035 SE Maricamp Road, Ocala
  • Belleview Commons, 10135 SE US Hwy. 441, Belleview
  • Pearl Britain Plaza, 2647 NE 35th Street, Ocala
  • Churchill Square, 303 SE 17th Street, Ocala
  • Heath Brook Commons, 5400 SW College Road, Suite 200, Ocala
  • Heather Island Plaza, 7578 SE Maricamp Road, Suite 100, Ocala
  • Rainbow Square Shopping Center, 11352 N. Williams Street, Suite 400, Dunnellon
  • The Shops at Foxwood, 2765 NW 49th Avenue, Suite 301, Ocala
  • Grand Oaks Town Center, 2575 SW 42nd Street, Suite 100, Ocala

FLAGLER

  • Belle Terre Crossings, 4950 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Island Walk at Palm Coast, 250 Palm Coast Pkwy. NE, Palm Coast
  • Palm Coast Town Center, 800 Belle Terre Pkwy., Palm Coast
  • Beach Village, 414 Beach Village Drive, Flagler Beach

VOLUSIA

  • Halifax Plantation Village, 3750 Roscommon Drive, Ormond Beach
  • Ormond Beach Mall, 1258 Ocean Shore Blvd., Ormond Beach
  • The Trails Shopping Center, 220 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach
  • Bellair Plaza 2595 N. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach
  • Latitude Landings, 2630 LPGA Blvd., Daytona Beach
  • Daytona Beach Shores, 3044 S. Atlantic Ave., Daytona Beach Shores
  • Northgate Shopping Center, 299 E. Intl. Speedway Blvd., Deland
  • Dunlawton Square, 3821 S. Nova Road, Port Orange
  • Westport Square, 1660 Taylor Road, Port Orange
  • The Shoppes at Beville Road, 1500 Beville Road, Daytona Beach
  • Country Club Corners, 2431 S. Woodland Blvd., Deland
  • Publix at Saxon Crossings, 2100 Saxon Blvd., Deltona
  • Edgewater Commons, 2970 S. Ridgewood Ave., Edgewater
  • Publix at Holly Hill, 1850 Ridgewood Ave. Holly Hill
  • Indian River Village Shopping Center, 709 East Third Ave., New Smyrna Beach
  • New Smyrna Beach Regional Shopping Center, 1930 State Road 44, New Smyrna Beach
  • Publix at Deltona Landings, 915 Doyle Road, Deltona
  • Deltona Commons, 605 Courtland Blvd., Deltona
  • Dupont Lakes Center, 2783 Elkcam Blvd. Deltona
  • Crown Centre, 2556 Enterprise Road, Orange City
  • Sunshine Park Shopping Center, 2400 South Ridge Wood, South Daytona
  • Ormond Towne Square, 1478 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

For more locations, and appointment information, go to publix.com/covid-vaccine. 

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