More COVID-19 vaccination clinics will open this week, although appointments are filled very quickly.
Statewide as of Jan. 17 (reported Jan. 18), Florida had vaccinated 938,537 people with the first dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine and 93,258 had received their second dose.
Vaccinations supplies are still limited. Vaccinations are open to health care professionals with direct patient contact and people over the age of 65.
The COVID-19 vaccinations are free. Because the shots are funded by the federal government, there are no residency requirements at any of the vaccination clinics. Anyone who meets the eligibilty requirements may be vaccinated anywhere in Florida.
In South Central Florida:
• Collier County:
Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine will be made via Eventbrite. Please visit CollierCountyCOVIDVaccines.Eventbrite.com
or by going to https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine
. All appointments for this week have been booked. DOH-Collier will allow people eligible for the vaccine to join a waitlist. You can find the waitlist button by visiting the Eventbrite registration page. When you click register, you will see a list of sold-out dates in addition to a red button that says Join Waitlist.
• Glades County:
Glades County Health Department is not scheduling appointments at this time. When vaccine is available, vaccinations will be by appointment and will be available at the Glades County Health Department, 1021 Health Park Drive, Moore Haven, 863-946-0707. Glades County residents are advised to go online to www.preparehendry.com
for the consent form that must be filled out and brought to the health department to check in for the appointment.
• Hendry County:
Hendry County Health Department is not scheduling appointments at this time. When more vaccine doses are available, more appointment times will be available. Those who are on the vaccination appointment wait list will receive a call from the Hendry County Health Department when an appointment becomes available. If you have an appointment, please remember to fill out the vaccination consent form prior to your appointment at www.preparehendry.com
• Highlands County:
Vaccines will continue to be administered on an appointment-only basis at the Point Of Distribution (POD) at Lakeshore Mall, 901 U.S. 27 North, in Sebring. To register for an appointment or put your name on the waiting list, go online to www.highlandsfl.gov/vaccine_information/index.php
and follow the link.
• Lee County:
Appointment lines will open on Wednesday, Jan.20 at 9 a.m. Call 866-200-3468 For updates go online to www.leegov.com/covid-19/vaccine
. Some Publix pharmacies in Lee County will start offering vaccinations this week. Appointments may be made online at publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
• Martin County:
Seven Publix Pharmacies in Martin County will start offering COVID-19 vaccinations this week. Appointments may be made online at publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida
. Vaccinations will start Jan. 21. Appointments are required; anyone who shows up without an appointment will be turned away.
The Florida Department of Health in Martin County will announce via their website at www.MartinCountyHealth.com
and Twitter @GoHealthyMartin when additional vaccines are received and appointment scheduling resumes for drive thru vaccination clinics.
• Okeechobee County:
The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County will start to take COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 8 a.m. both by phone, at 863-462-5800 and in person at the health department, 1728 NW Ninth Ave., until all vaccine appointments have been filled. The county received 300 doses this week. For announcements regarding future appointments, watch the health department website, http://okeechobee.floridahealth.gov/
• Palm Beach County:
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced on Tuesday that all 67 Public pharmacies in Palm Beach County will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, by appointment only. Registration will open Wednesday, Jan. 20 and vaccinations will start on Thursday. Stores will have 100 to 125 shots available per day, according to the governor. Reservations can be made starting Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 6 a.m. at publix.com/covidvaccine