Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine in Florida

Florida has started its COVID-19 vaccination program. The priority groups receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as of now are: healthcare workers, long-term care facility staff and people over the age of 65.

Governor Ron DeSantis said all 67 Florida counties will have vaccines by January 1st (the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine). The vaccines will be provided to local health departments and hospitals to distribute within their communities.

I am in a priority group. How can I get my COVID-19 vaccine in Florida?

Check with your local health department about appointments and where to get the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. Here is some information about Pinellas County’s participation in the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine pilot program and its start at long-term care facilities. Expect more news in the next week or so from Tampa Bay counties on their COVID-19 vaccine distribution plans.

What if I am not in the first 3 priority groups? When will I be able to get my COVID-19 vaccination in Florida?

As the state receives more doses, more individuals will qualify among the first vaccine priority groups. Next up will be frontline workers, such as grocery store employees, teachers and police. We will keep you posted on the EasyLiving blog and on our Facebook page, so make sure to follow us.

The vaccine is not expected to be available to the general population, including younger residents/non-frontline workers, until late spring. Florida is home to more than 4 million people 65 and older.

COVID-19 News and Resources

Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 site

DOH’s Florida COVID-19 Vaccine Report, which will be updated regularly

CDC: COVID-19

CDC Information on the COVID-19 Vaccine

Pinellas County Health Department

Pasco County Department of Health

Hillsborough-Florida Dept. of Health, COVID-19 Vaccine and Health Information

COVID-19 articles/resources from EasyLiving