COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Florida Department of Health in Monroe County
- (305) 293-7500
P.O. Box 6193
Key West, FL
County-Level COVID-19 Vaccination and Case Data
- Florida Dept of Health: Positive COVID-19 cases can be found every Friday afternoon at floridahealthcovid19.gov. Scroll down to “Weekly Florida COVID-19 Data” to download the PDF report. Monroe-county is found on page 5 of the PDF. Vaccination data is also available.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
All those age 18 and older and individuals age 12-17 with parent/guardian consent are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Those under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. Ages 12-17 can receive the Pfizer vaccine.
I am eligible to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Where can I get one now?
Visit vaccines.gov to check stock, type of vaccine available, and additional details at the closest retail pharmacy to you.
You can also visit the following direct websites:
- Publix www.publix.com/covidvaccine/florida
- Winn Dixie www.winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine
- CVS Pharmacy www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
- Walgreens www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
- CHI in Marathon www.chisouthfl.org or call (786) 272-2100.
- Rural Health Network Monroe County in Key West call (305) 517-6613 ext 500.
Messages from Local Residents about the COVID-19 Vaccines
4-minute Video in English
4-minute Video in Spanish
People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. If you are fully vaccinated, you can participate in many of the activities that you did before the pandemic. Visit the CDC for more information.
COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19. None of the vaccines use the live virus, so you cannot become infected with COVID-19 with the vaccine.
COVID-19 vaccines will not cause you to test positive on COVID-19 viral test.
Receiving an mRNA vaccine will not alter your DNA.
Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 can help prevent getting severely sick, hospitalized, and dying due to the virus.
People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 still benefit from getting vaccinated. It is unknown how long natural immunity lasts once someone contracts COVID-19. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect you from serious illness, hospitalization, and death.
Severe reactions to COVID-19 vaccines are extremely rare (2.5-11 cases per 1 million doses, largely in individuals with history of allergy).
Potential side effects are normal signs your body is building protection. These side effects go away in a few days. Some people do not have side effects.
The vaccines were not rushed. The vaccines were developed using science that has been around for decades. There were no safety shortcuts. All COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be safe.
The vaccines do not cause infertility. The vaccines do not affect any organs, including reproductive organs.
In addition to facing the possibility of being seriously ill , hospitalized, or dying, getting COVID-19 can have potentially long-term health consequences, including lung problems, long-lasting fatigue, joint pain, and brain fog.
If you are in the small percentage of breakthrough cases, the vaccine will protect you from serious illness, hospitalization and death.
For more facts, visit the CDC’s website for Vaccine Information. This website is regularly updated. Please refer to it when questions arise.
COVID-19 Vaccines FAQs
UPDATED CDC GUIDELINES
The CDC updated COVID-19 mask guidelines. These recommendations include:
- Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
- All individuals, regardless of vaccine status, should wear a face mask in indoor public spaces in areas where COVID-19 is considered high transmission. This includes vaccinated individuals.
- CDC now recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Read CDC’s statement.
Why the change in guidelines?
- The CDC bases its recommendations on the latest data. New data = new guidance. When the CDC revised its guidance in May, the delta variant represented 1% of all cases. Today that number is more than 90%. The CDC continues to recommend that policies be based on local transmission rates.
I’m vaccinated. Why do I need to wear a mask?
- Vaccinated individuals may be able to carry the COVID-19 virus, thus giving it to unvaccinated individuals.
It’s their choice not to get vaccinated. Why should I wear a mask?
- There are several individuals who may not be able to receive the vaccine. This includes children, infants, those who are immunocompromised, and those with certain severe allergic reactions.
My child is at school. Should they wear a mask?
- Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Visit keysschools.com to learn about the Monroe County School District’s mask policy.
Are we in an area of high transmission?
- The entire State of Florida is considered high transmission. Visit the CDC Data Tracker for more information: covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker
VARIANT AND BREAKTHROUGH CASES INFORMATION
Does the vaccine protect against variants?
- All COVID-19 vaccines that are currently available offer protection against variants.
Why get the vaccine if there will just be more variants?
- The more people receive the vaccine there will be less risk of severe illness if vaccinated.
Where can I find information on variants in Florida?
- The CDC tracks this data. For more information visit covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker
I have heard reports of “breakthrough cases.” What is that?
- A breakthrough case means that someone who is fully vaccinated gets the virus. This is not uncommon and can happen with other illnesses, such as chicken pox (varicella) and the flu (influenza).
Why get the vaccine if I can still get the virus?
- The vaccine has been proven to REDUCE the severity of the illness, hospitalizations, and deaths from COVID-19.
I don’t live in Monroe County; can I still receive a vaccine? OR Why are non-Monroe residents allowed to receive a vaccine?
- The vaccine rollout is a nationwide effort. There are no exclusions based on residency. The vaccine is readily available in our community.
How do I find out where vaccines are being given?
- Visit vaccines.gov to check stock and type of vaccine available near you.
Who can receive the vaccine?
- Those who are age 18 years and older may receive the Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Pfizer vaccine. Those aged 12 years and older may receive the Pfizer vaccine only at this time.
My child is 12 years old. Where can I get the Pfizer vaccine?
- Visit vaccines.gov, enter your zip code and click “Pfizer” to check stock at the nearest pharmacy near you.
I have received my two doses. I want a booster. Where can I get one?
- CDC recommends that people whose immune systems are compromised moderately to severely should receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine after the initial 2 doses. Widespread vaccination is a critical tool to help stop the pandemic. Read CDC’s statement.
- Some pharmacies currently offer a third booster for those who qualify. Visit vaccines.gov and follow up with the pharmacy to ensure they provide the booster.
SECOND DOSE QUESTIONS
I received a Moderna vaccine. Can I receive a Pfizer vaccine for my second dose? (or vice versa)
- No. You cannot mix pharmaceuticals.
I received my 1st dose. How will I get my second dose?
- Your vaccine card will have the date written down when should receive your second dose.
How will I schedule my appointment for the second dose?
- You may schedule your second dose at a local retail pharmacy, such as CVS, Publix, Winn Dixie, or Walgreens. Confirm with the pharmacy first to ensure they have the right second dose vaccine that you need. Receive your second dose vaccine indicated on or after the date indicated on your vaccine card. The vaccine is readily available in our community.
What do I bring to receive the vaccine?
- A form of ID is needed. Florida ID not required. Anyone in the state for the purpose of providing goods or services is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. Please bring a blue or black pen to complete the registration form.
Do I need to get my second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine?
- Yes. To be considered fully vaccinated, two doses are needed. The only available one-dose vaccine in the United States to be considered fully vaccinated is the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Residents and visitors are more protected from severe illness, hospitalization, and death if they are fully vaccinated.