Hernando County COVID-19 vaccine distribution

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.

Starting Monday, January 4, the Florida Department of Health - Hernando County will begin offering the COVID-19 vaccine for the following people:

  • Adults 65 and older

What you'll need to be vaccinated in Hernando County:

  • An appointment, which can be made by calling 352-540-6800 and choosing option 1. 

According to the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County: 

Appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County (DOH-Hernando) have reached capacity, but officials will release more information later Monday morning on when more appointment times will be available. Further appointments are not being made at this time. 

Those persons who have already left a message will be contacted in the order their message was received. Updates to appointment availability will be shared with media outlets, posted online at Hernando.FLHealth.gov and on the department’s social media site at Twitter.com/HealthyHernando

The Moderna vaccine will be given at this time. Prior to receiving the vaccine, individuals will be required to sign an informed consent form. A Moderna Fact Sheet with information on what to expect during and after the injection will also be given before receiving the vaccine.

Each person will receive a second dose reminder card that lists the date and the manufacturer for the first vaccination. The second dose of the Moderna vaccination should be received 28 days after the initial dose. The second dose must be from the same manufacturer as the first vaccine.

Those who receive the vaccine must remain on-site for 15 minutes for monitoring. Additional information can be found at Hernando.FLHealth.gov.

LINK: COVID-19 vaccine distribution information in Tampa Bay area counties

LINK: Publix to administer COVID-19 vaccine in 3 Central Florida counties

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.

Florida has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Report that will be updated daily at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. This report includes a breakdown of who has received the vaccine by age, race, sex and county.

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 covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida's COVID-19 website

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