Florida is relaxing age restrictions regarding the coronavirus vaccine from Monday, as now the 50 years old residents are also eligible to receive the vaccine.
Those receiving covid-19 vaccines need to bring a valid government Identity Card to show their age.
New changes in the age-restriction will allow millions more to get vaccinated.
Coronavirus vaccines are being administered on a first-come and first-served basis. A total of 400 coronavirus vaccines will be available daily, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Gov. Ron DeSantis is hopeful that all Floridians will get the vaccine before President Joe Biden’s deadline of May 1.
“I think we will be opening up it up to everybody, certainly before May 1, and maybe much sooner than that,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said last week.
According to the New York Times’ vaccine rollout tracker, 23.8% population of Florida has received one dose of the covid-19 vaccine, while 13.3% have been vaccinated.
The following groups are now eligible:
- Adults age 50 and older
- The staff of nursing homes & assisted living facilities
- Health care workers.
- Teachers of all ages,
- Firefighters & law enforcement officers age 50 and older
- People extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers
- Snowbirds (although Florida is banning travel to Florida to get a vaccine).
Where can I get a vaccine in Florida?
Pharmacies, health clinics, and medical providers. Covid-19 vaccines have been distributed to hundreds of pharmacies and hospitals, some of which are listed on the vaccine locator tool.
Federal mass vaccination sites have opened at Miami-Dade Community College (North Campus), the Tampa Greyhound Track, Orlando’s Valencia College (West Campus), and Jacksonville’s Gateway Mall. You can register online or call pre-registration hotlines.
Check Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine website for more info or text “FLCOVID19” to 888777 to learn about the vaccine distribution plan.
How do I make an appointment?
Florida has started a pre-registration system for eligibles to be vaccinated. You can book your appointment at Florida’s MyVaccine site or by calling your county’s pre-registration hotline.
If you belong to the eligible groups, you can also make an appointment via a local provider.
If You want to make an appointment through pharmacies, then check out the list below,
What to bring to the vaccination appointment?
All the vaccination sites ask for identity proof of or eligibility to carry out the vaccination process. You can bring a driver’s license or state-issued Identity card, or your health insurance card. For the covid-19 vaccine, you will not be charged.
If you are eligible for vaccine due to a severe medical condition, you may need a doctor’s note. If you are eligible on a work basis, bring your employment proof or a form from the employer.
The United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention advises wearing a mask at your appointment.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET A COVID-19 VACCINE?
People with severe allergic reactions to ingredients in the vaccine or had a severe reaction after a previous covid-19 dose. You can checkout the list of ingredients of the Pfizer-BioNTech, the Moderna vaccine and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on FDA.gov.
Next Vaccination Eligibility?
Adults 40 and up will be able to get vaccinated at specific mass vaccination sites.
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Do I need to wear Mask after vaccination?
Yes. Experts urge you to take proper protection and wear masks because it could take your body 2-4 weeks to build up immunity after the second dose of a vaccine. While the Pfizer vaccine effectively prevents COVID-19 symptoms, it’s not confirmed whether someone who’s been vaccinated can spread or transmit the virus to others.
The vaccine is just an initial measure that can help control or slow down the spread of the covid-19. The CDC clears it that the population could take months to build up immunity. So, they should continuesly adopt preventive measures, such as social distancing & masks.
AARP has also called for ongoing vaccine monitoring.
How Many People Received The Coronavirus Vaccine In Florida?
According to Sunday’s COVID-19 vaccine report,
- 149,864 people have completed the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine
- 2,563,384 people have completed the two-dose series of either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
- Fully vaccinated: 301,181 were Miami-Dade residents, 232,344 were Broward residents, 246,061 were Palm Beach residents and 10,381 were Monroe residents.
On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 dashboard reported 3,987 new coronavirus cases while 32 deaths.