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.
- frontline healthcare workers
- priority group 65 years old and older
- those who have severe medical conditions, as determined by The Villages Health
What you'll need to be vaccinated in Sumter County:
- an appointment. Starting January 4, 2021, appointments can be made by calling 352-569-3102
- proof of identification, including name, age, and address
- to be in Sumter County 28 days after the first dose, to receive the second dose
- review the pre-vaccination checklist: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/pre-vaccination-screening-form.pdf.
After verifying you have an appointment by calling 352-569-3102, residents can receive the first dose of the two-dose vaccine at the Bushnell health department office, located at 415 E Noble Avenue.
The Department of Health - Sumter County said medical personnel who are currently taking care of COVID-19 patients and who will participate in a "mass vaccination event at a future date" are currently being offered the vaccine. Sumter County said it received 2,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine and officials are working with The Villages Health to offer vaccination to these medical practices.
Sumter County said a select number of patients who have severe medical conditions will be able to be vaccinated sooner, as determined by doctors at The Villages Health.
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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