COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Florida Department of Health in Monroe County
- (305) 293-7500
P.O. Box 6193
Key West, FL
- Securing and distributing a COVID-19 vaccine is a top priority for the state of Florida. A COVID-19 vaccine will be a critical resource to preventing the further spread of the virus and allowing Floridians to return to the normal pace of life.
- The state of Florida is committed to providing timely and important updates regarding the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. The state is working alongside the federal government to answer key questions for Floridians and secure additional therapeutic treatments for our hospitals as we continue to respond to COVID-19 in our state.
- Florida has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Report that will be updated daily at FloridaHealthCOVID19.gov. This report includes a breakdown of who has received the vaccine by age, race, sex and county.
- 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.
Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
- On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019, COVID-19. The emergency use authorization allows the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
- The Moderna vaccine is a 2-dose series separated by 28 days.
Long-Term Care Facilities
- The State of Florida is prioritizing the most at-risk populations to receive the initial round of vaccines. This includes: Residents and staff of long-term care facilities and High risk frontline health care workers
- The state has prioritized the safety of these populations since the onset of the pandemic. These populations are the most at-risk to contract the virus and experience complications from the virus.
- The Department is working closely with partners to distribute the vaccine to long-term care facilities, including CVS and Walgreens.
- CVS and Walgreens are working under Operation Warp Speed to distribute the vaccine to long-term care facilities across the nation, and they are a critical partner here in Florida.
- The state is also working with the Agency for Health Care Administration to ensure that we are prioritizing the most vulnerable and are working closely with the administrators of long-term care facilities to address any challenges they face.
Vaccination for General Public
- Following the initial distributions to high-risk frontline health care workers and long-term care facility staff and residents, the state will work to provide vaccine to additional priority groups, including first responders.
- The state is committed to providing the vaccine to each priority group and to the general public as quickly as possible, however, much of these plans are dependent on vaccine supply.
- Updates on timeline for the general public will be provided as those plans become available.