Polk 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.

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations, by appointment only, for the following people:

  • Priority group 65 years old and older

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

  • An appointment, see details below.

How do I get an appointment?

The Florida Department of Health Polk County’s COVID-19 vaccination registration portal is now open for online reservations for those 65 years old and older, who wish to be inoculated once vaccine doses become available.

Through the portal, which can be found at https://register.polk.health/, users can create an account and upload their personal information for a future appointment.

They can also learn more about the vaccine being administered by the Florida Department of Health and have other frequently asked questions answered.

While the online portal has opened, that doesn’t mean the phone lines have closed. Those needing additional help, or who prefer to register by phone, can still call the COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at (863) 298-7500.

The center will be open for calls from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. And additional weekend hours have also been added for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The center also will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 18, which is the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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

LINK: Florida's COVID-19 website

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