SEBRING -- Opportunities for COVID-19 vaccinations are expanding, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced in a press conference in Sebring today (March 4).
Four federally-supported coronavirus vaccination sites opened in Florida on March 3. The sites in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami will be open at 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. They will be able to administer up to 3,000 vaccines per day.
“The federal government has said anyone who works in the school system, regardless of age,” DeSantis said. He said school personnel can go to the federal sites or sign up online for appointments at pharmacies following the federal guidelines for vaccinations even if they are under the age of 50.
He said the state vaccination pods will continue to concentrate on those over the age of 65, along with teachers and first responders who are over the age of 50.
Pharmacies in Florida will also vaccinate those with a signed Determination of Extreme Vulnerability statement from their doctor.
“Once we get a critical mass of seniors, the demand starts going down, we will lower the age,” he said of the state vaccination sites.
CVS is following the federal guidelines and will offer vaccinations to:
• People age 65+,
• Teachers K-12, Daycare and preschool workers, and staff
• Health care workers, EMS,
• Age 16+ with a signed Determination of Extreme Vulnerability Form.
• Age 50+ Sworn law enforcement officers and firefighters.
CVS Pharmacies currently offering vaccinations include stores in:
• Belle Glade,
To make an appointment, go online to https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine.
Walmart has announced it will also follow the federal (rather than the state) guidelines as well. For appointments, go online to https://www.walmart.com/cp/flu-shots-immunizations/1228302
Publix and Walgreens also receive vaccines through the federal retail pharmacy program, and will also offer vaccinations for school personnel of any age.
To registier for an appointment at any Publix in Florida, go online to https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine.
To register for an appointment at a participating Walgreens Pharmacy in Florida, go online to https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp.
Those over the age of 65 can make appointments for vaccination in Hendry, Glades, Okeechobee and Martin counties by going online to https://myvaccine.fl.gov/
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, in partnership with Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the State of Florida, is now administering COVID-19 vaccines throughout the county.
In Palm Beach County, residents 65 or older who want to get vaccinated at one of the Health Care District’s vaccination sites needs to go to vaccine.hcdpbc.org and complete the appointment request form.