COVID Update 64 - Governor expands vaccine eligibility via EO-21-47
COVID Update #64
Governor expands vaccine eligibility
County opens mass vaccination center in Milton
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Today, Mar. 1, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-47 to expand COVID-19 vaccinations to include the following new populations:
In addition to hospital providers and physicians, the executive order now permits advanced practice registered nurses and pharmacists may vaccinate persons determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable. Such physician determinations shall include a statement that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria established by a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health.
- K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
- Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and
- Firefighters 50 years of age and older.
- Long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older; and health care personnel with direct patient contact are still eligible for the vaccine.
Santa Rosa County leased the former department store at 6209 Hwy. 90 in Milton for a mass vaccination clinic. Santa Rosa County Public Safety and the Santa Rosa County Department of Health manage the facility with vaccine administration support from Ascension Sacred Heart. The facility is open Monday through Friday, appointment only. No walk-in appointments will be accepted. Initially officials plan to administer 1500 doses per week with the capability of administering more as vaccine supplies increase.
- Eligible Florida residents may register for the vaccine by calling ShareCare's toll-free line, 866-201-7110 or online at at: myvaccine.fl.gov. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1035. Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine their eligibility.
- Operators will never ask for payment, credit card info, etc. to schedule an appointment.
- Residents who use a call screening app or device should consider disabling this function to ensure calls from the state are not blocked.
- After the appointment is scheduled, residents will then receive an email with a QR code with their registration information and consent form to print and bring to the appointment. The QR code and registration form are emailed in advance of appointments to improve efficiency at the vaccination site.
- The QR code cannot be shared with anyone else - they are unique per registered individual. Residents who do not have a printer, smartphone or email address will still receive their vaccinations.
All individuals desiring to be vaccinated must meet the following state residency criteria, as outlined by Florida Statute 381.986(5)(b)
1. A resident must provide the department with a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license issued under s. 322.18
or a copy of a valid Florida identification card issued under s. 322.051
2. A seasonal resident who cannot meet the requirements of the paragraph above may provide the department with a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:
a. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
b. One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
c. A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
d. A utility bill, not more than two months old.
e. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statements, not more than two months old.
f. Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than two months old.
- There are no walk-in vaccination clinics in Santa Rosa County.
- Do not arrive early for your appointment.
- Second shots will require a second consent form to be completed.
- Individuals who feel they have serious underlying medical conditions should contact their primary care physicians regarding vaccination. Neither the local or state Department of Health nor Santa Rosa County staff can make determinations on underlying medical conditions.
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