Here are your need-to-know details about the COVID-19 vaccines. This information from health officials was last updated 1/21/21 and applies to the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.
When can I get vaccinated?
Individuals in long-term care facilities, who are 65 years of age and older, frontline workers, and anyone deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers can receive the vaccine in Palm Beach County.
Frontline health workers and individuals who are 65 years of age and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Martin County.
It is SAFE.
More than 70,000 people volunteered in clinical trials for two vaccines (Pfizer and Moderna) to see if they are safe and work to prevent COVID illness. Volunteers included Black/African-Americans, Hispanic LatinX, Asians and others. To date, the vaccines are 95% effective in preventing COVID-19, with no serious safety concerns noted in the clinical trials. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) makes sure the vaccines are safe and can prevent people from getting COVID-19. Like all drugs, vaccine safety continues to be monitored after they are in use.
You cannot get COVID-19 from the vaccine.
You may have temporary reactions like a sore arm, headache, or feeling tired and achy for a day or two after receiving the vaccine.
Find your spot to take your shot.
Vaccines will be available first in hospitals, local health departments and long-term care facilities, and then in a variety of settings like clinics, pharmacies, and vaccination events in prioritized settings in the community.
The vaccine is FREE.
The COVID-19 vaccine will be available to everyone for free, whether or not you have health insurance.
You need TWO doses to be FULLY vaccinated.
After a person gets a first dose, they will need to come back 3 to 4 weeks later for a second dose. You will get a printed card and email reminder of when to get your second dose.
Your two doses need to be administered from the SAME SITE. You MUST receive your second dose of the same vaccine at the same site as your first dose.
Second doses should be administered within 4 days following the 21 or 28 day mark. Before leaving your first dose appointment, schedule or confirm how to setup your next appointment.
Continue to #MaskUpFL, social distance, and wash your hands.
Please continue to protect each other. #MaskUpFL - wear your mask properly (cover your mouth and nose). Practice social distancing, stand at least 6-8 feet apart. Wash your hands. We are better together.
For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, phases, and more visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida/.