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Vaccinations

COVID-19 Vaccination Options

Find the Latest Information About Vaccines 

Who is able to get the vaccines?
Per Governor Ron DeSantis' Executive Order 21-79, (which expands on prior Exec. Orders 20-31521-4621-4720-62 and 21-67) effective Monday, April 5, 2021 all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Which vaccines are available?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued Emergency Use Authorization for these COVID-19 vaccines.

Who pays for the vaccine? 
Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. 

How do the vaccines work? 
COVID-19 vaccines help your develop immunity to the virus that causes COVID-19 without having to get the illness. Read more about how they work and the different types of vaccines

How did vaccines get developed and approved so quickly? Was the process rushed? 
Producing vaccines is the top priority of scientists and governments around the world to help bring an end to the pandemic. While COVID-19 vaccines have been developed rapidly, all steps have been taken to ensure their safety and effectiveness. Read more about the process, trials, and authorization and find more at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services webpage

Are the vaccines safe? 
Before receiving approval for emergency use, pharmaceutical companies must provide evidence that their vaccines are safe. A team of experts from the FDA, CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and other agencies review the data on safety and efficacy before recommending them for use.  

Will the vaccine be safe for pregnant women and women trying to conceive? 
There is limited data regarding pregnant women, women trying to conceive, breastfeeding and the COVID-19 vaccines -- find more information at the CDC website

How long do the vaccines protect against infection? 
Health care professionals and researchers are still learning about COVID-19 and new information is discovered nearly every day that is helpful in the fight against this disease. Because COVID-19 is still a relatively new virus, it is difficult to know exactly how the virus affects the body long-term and how long immunity from natural infection lasts. 

Therefore, it is also difficult to predict how long a vaccine will provide protection against the virus. As the vaccines are administered and new information is gathered, additional data about how long it will protect against the virus will be made available. 

Will masks still be required if you receive the vaccine? 
Yes. It is important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.   

Can I bring my pet?
Only service animals are allowed in the facilities.

Find more FAQs about COVID-19 vaccines on the CDC website.

Testing Sites

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Healthy Together App (View Test Results)

The Florida Department of Health has launched Healthy Together, a mobile app that can help people view their test results, assess their symptoms, and learn what to do after being tested for COVID-19. Download the app in the Google Play or Apple App Stores by searching for “Healthy Together.” View Healthy Together flyer.

  

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