ARCADIA, Fla. - As COVID-19 vaccines are distributed throughout the state of Florida, individual counties are beginning to release information about how and to whom the two-dose vaccine will be distributed.
In an executive order, Governor Ron DeSantis said the first phase of vaccine administration will prioritize long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older, and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- Priority group 65 years old and older
- Frontline healthcare workers
DeSoto County will begin administering the vaccines, Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Turner Agri-Civic Center (2250 NE Roan Street) in Arcadia. DeSoto County residence is not required. For questions, call the Health Department at 863-993-4601.
What you'll need to be vaccinated in Desoto County:
- Be age 65 or older
- Proof of identification
- Download and complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form and bring it with you in order to be vaccinated.
DeSoto Memorial Hospital will also be administering vaccines to frontline healthcare workers, frontline first responders, and community members over the age of 65. They will be scheduling appointments, starting Monday, January 4, through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The number to call is 863-491-4369.
COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida:
On December 23, Governor Ron DeSantis announced Executive Order 20-315, which states: During this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- persons 65 years of age and older;
- and health care personnel with direct patient contact.
Hospitals, however, also may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19.
Governor DeSantis also announced that in addition to hospitals, county health departments will begin vaccinating individuals 65 and older in the coming weeks as supply permits. Each county health department will work directly with their community partners to notify the community when vaccine doses are available and will provide information about what will be needed to register for vaccination.
If you feel sick:
The Florida Department of Health has opened a COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Agents will answer questions around the clock. Questions may also be emailed to email@example.com. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.
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