As of April 5, all adult residents in Florida (ages 16 and older) are eligible for the COVID vaccine. However, each vaccine comes with its own set of age requirements. The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is approved for everyone 16 years of age and older, while the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is approved for everyone 18 years of age and older. As of April 13, the state of Florida has paused and Johnson & Johnson vaccines by the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
All vaccines are free for Florida residents. However, if you are a seasonal resident, you may provide documentation such as a lease mortgage payment, utility bill, or mail from a financial institution to prove your residence.
You can receive the vaccine at any Florida retail pharmacy, such as a CVS or Walgreens. Hospitals are administering vaccines to health care workers with direct patient contact, including the healthcare workers within senior living communities. County health departments are also giving the vaccine for those who are 65 years of age or older. To get an appointment, you may need to register – check your local County Health Department for more information.
Before getting the vaccine, consider a few things first:
Have you had any severe allergic reaction to a vaccine or injectable therapy before?
If you are getting the second dose, did you have an allergic reaction after the first dose?
If you have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days, you may have to delay your vaccine, and you must not currently have COVID-19 when getting the vaccine.
If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, consult your Ob/Gyn before making an appointment.
If you have any health concerns prior to getting vaccinated, always consult your primary care physician first.