Highlands County COVID-19 vaccine distribution

After several different phases of COVID-19 vaccine rollout, all adults in Highlands County are now eligible for the vaccine. 

Floridians have any different vaccine options available to them, from federal sites to county- and state-run locations, and many commercial providers. Some locations don’t even require an appointment anymore.

Vaccines will be administered at the Lakeshore Mall, 901 U.S. 27 North, in Sebring from noon to 4 p.m. and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays until further notice.

Vaccines will be administered on an appointment-only basis at the mall. Registration for appointments will be taken online only beginning Monday, Jan. 4, and the registration portal will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. The registration portal can be found here. You cannot register for an appointment on-site.

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

  • Appointment
  • Proof of identification

Vaccines are being delivered weekly to the Department of Health. At this time, Highlands County does not know how many vaccines will be allocated to the community each week. Because of this, appointment registration will be done virtually on Mondays for that week’s available doses. Once those appointment slots have been filled for the week, the registration portal will be temporarily closed. The portal will reopen at 8 a.m. each Monday and will close when all spots have been filled for that week. 

Statewide preregistration system

The state of Florida is offering a statewide registration system to help schedule COVID-19 vaccines. Residents can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by:

Private retailers offering vaccines in Florida

These businesses are offering COVID-19 vaccines at some of their locations in Florida. They generally follow the guidelines laid out by Gov. DeSantis, but you need to register separately for an appointment with the retailer directly, separate from any state or county registration. Click on a link below for more information.

Federal vaccine sites

Federal vaccine sites in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, and Jacksonville are open until at least May 26 as part of a partnership with FEMA, the Department of Defense, and state health offices. Click here for specific locations.

According to the governor’s office, each site will administer 2,000 vaccines per day, seven days a week. Each allocation will also support two smaller, mobile satellite sites that will each deliver 500 vaccinations per day in underserved areas. They will use the existing myvaccine.fl.gov registration system.

The FEMA sites follow President Joe Biden's guidelines, meaning teachers, school staff, and daycare workers of all ages are eligible.

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

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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.

LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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