Vaccine Information

 

To access the statewide pre-registration system for COVID-19 vaccination appointments, click here.

A consent form is needed for first and second dose. Print the consent form from here: Consent Form

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Homebound individuals, or their caregivers, may call 866-779-6121 to be put in contact with a Florida Department of Health representative who will assist them in requesting a COVID-19 vaccination. 
To submit an online request: Click here

The number of first dose and second dose appointments will be scheduled each week based on the number of vaccines for first and second doses received from the state. The state sends separate shipments for first dose and second dose.

After receiving your first dose of the vaccine, remember to keep your vaccination card in a safe place – you will need it when you get your second dose of the vaccine.

County's COVID-19 vaccine POD ramps up to four days a week

The County's COVID-19 Point of Distribution (POD) is now operating on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. The POD is still in the same location inside the former JCPenney store at Lakeshore Mall, 901 U.S. 27 North, in Sebring.

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 21-79 on March 26, which states individuals over 40 years old are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 29, and beginning April 5, all individuals age 18 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The increase in the number of days the POD operates will allow more people in the 40-plus age demographic and front-line health care workers in the Highlands County community to be vaccinated at a faster rate.

With the POD operating at four days a week, the state allocation of vaccine doses to Highlands County will increase as well.

Vaccines are administered at the vaccine site as follows:
Wednesdays through Saturdays
Appointments only for first and second dose from 8-11 a.m.
Walk-ins for first dose from 1-4 p.m. subject to daily availability
Walk-ins for second dose from 1-3 p.m. subject to daily availability

Individuals may not walk up to the POD to make an appointment.

Individuals may pre-register for vaccine appointments on the statewide preregistration system and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-200-3858. The TTY number is 833-476-1513.

The County’s current allotment of vaccine is the Moderna vaccine. More information about this specific vaccine may be found at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/moderna/index.html.

It is still important for people to not let their guard down and to continue to wash their hands, social distance, and wear a face mask, especially when social distancing is difficult to do, even after receiving the first shot of the vaccine. This will help slow the spread of the virus.

On Dec. 23, 2020, Gov. DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-315 outlining how the vaccine is to be distributed in the coming weeks. Those 65 and older, alongside frontline high-risk healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff, are in Tier 1A and are to receive the COVID-19 vaccine first.

On Feb. 26, Executive Order 21-46 was issued directing those age 65 and over be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as health care personnel with direct patient contact; "extremely vulnerable" of all ages with a doctor's note; and long-term care facility residents and staff.

On March 1, Executive Order 21-47 was issued directing those age 65 and over be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as health care personnel with direct patient contact; "extremely vulnerable" of all ages with a doctor's note; long-term care facility residents and staff; ; K-12 school employees aged 50 and older; sworn law enforcement officer 50 years of age and older; and firefighters aged 50 and older.

On March 8, Executive Order 21-62 was issued directing those age 60 and over be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as health care personnel with direct patient contact; "extremely vulnerable" of all ages with a doctor's note; long-term care facility residents and staff; K-12 school employees aged 50 and older; sworn law enforcement officer 50 years of age and older; and firefighters aged 50 and older.

On March 19, Executive Order 21-67 was issued directing those age 50 and over be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as health care personnel with direct patient contact; "extremely vulnerable" of all ages with a doctor's note; long-term care facility residents and staff; K-12 school employees aged 50 and older; sworn law enforcement officer 50 years of age and older; and firefighters aged 50 and older.

On March 26, Executive Order 21-79 was issued directing those age 40 and over be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as health care personnel with direct patient contact; beginning April 5, all individuals age 18 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Please continue to monitor Highlands County government’s social media accounts and website, highlandsfl.gov, for updates about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Moderna vaccine screening and consent form

Information about the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

It is important to note that the date on the vaccination card only indicates the earliest date you may receive the second dose – it is NOT an appointment date, nor does it mean that you must get the second dose on that date.

Vaccines are administered at the vaccine site as follows:
Wednesdays through Saturdays
Appointments only for first and second dose from 8-11 a.m.
Walk-ins for first dose from 1-4 p.m. subject to daily availability
Walk-ins for second dose from 1-3 p.m. subject to daily availability

Individuals may not walk up to the POD to make an appointment.

When will I get my second dose?
If you received your first dose at our site, staff will contact you at a future date to schedule an appointment for your second dose. At this time, we are not able to schedule second dose appointments for individuals who did not receive their first dose at our vaccine site.

Do I need to re-register? 
No, you do not need to re-register. If you received your first dose at our site, staff will contact you at a future date.

How will I be notified? 
Staff will contact you in the same manner you were contacted for your first dose appointment. If you got a phone call, you will receive a phone call, and if you got an email, you will get an email.

How will second dose appointments be set? 
For individuals who received their first dose at the County vaccine POD, staff will contact each person to schedule an appointment for their second dose in the same manner they were contacted for their first dose appointment. If you got a phone call, you will receive a phone call; if you got an email, you will get an email. Appointments will be set in the same order as the first dose appointments.
When setting the appointments, the email or caller will identify the appointment as either a first dose or second dose appointment. If you registered multiple times via the County’s online portal or hotline and receive a second notification for a first dose appointment, please call 863-402-6780 to cancel.

What if I am unable to make it to my second dose appointment? 
If you receive a voice message or an email for your scheduled appointment and cannot attend the appointment, you will need to contact staff within 24 hours of being contacted by staff. You will then be put on the list for a future appointment date/time. You do not need to confirm your appointment if you are able to go to the provided appointment.
Appointment times and dates are limited and there is no flexibility to change appointments times and dates in a given week.

Remember to keep your vaccination card in a safe place - you will need it when you get your second dose of the vaccine, you will also need to fill out a new consent form.


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What to expect during the COVID-19 vaccination process at the Point of Distribution (POD)

1. For first dose: If you received an appointment for your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, please come to the vaccine site at your scheduled appointment time.
The POD is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays each week.
Walk-ins for first dose may arrive between 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, subject to daily availability.


2. For second dose: If you received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at the County POD (Lakeshore Mall) and you have not been called or emailed to have your second dose appointment scheduled AND you are due for your second dose, please come to the Highlands County vaccine site between 1-3 p.m. any day the site is open. The way to know if you are due for your second dose is to look at the date found on the back of your vaccination card. This date indicates the earliest day you are eligible to receive your second dose, so if that date has passed, you are due for your second dose.
If you have a confirmed appointment for your second dose, please come during your scheduled appointment time. 


3. Before you leave your home, please make sure you are wearing clothing that allows your upper arm to be easily exposed.

4. If you are going to the POD for your second dose appointment, please remember to bring your photo ID, your vaccination card and completed consent form (if able to print). Those going for their first dose appointment will need to bring a photo ID and completed consent form (if able to print).

5. Face masks are required at the POD. If you do not have one, one will be given to you.

6. If you have an appointment, please go to the POD during your scheduled appointment time. You DO NOT need to show up several hours early.

7. At the POD you will need to practice physical distance in line. (Stay 6 feet apart from the person in front of you and behind you)

8. If you are running a fever or are feeling sick, or if you were recently tested for COVID-19 and awaiting test results or had a COVID-19 diagnosis in the last two weeks or someone in your household currently has COVID-19, DO NOT COME.

9. When you arrive at Lakeshore Mall, please park near the former JCPenney. Those with a first dose appointment should park near the mall entrance by Planet Fitness, while those with a second dose appointment should park near the mall entrance by the former Kmart. You will access the vaccine site at JCPenney from inside the mall. Look for signs to direct you to the POD.

10. When you arrive at the POD, you will see a line for first dose appointments and a line for second dose appointments. ONLY GET IN LINE IF YOU HAVE A COMPLETED CONSENT FORM. Please follow the instructions to get into the correct line.

11. When you check in, have your photo proof of ID ready.


12. At check in, turn in your QR code (if you have one) and your completed vaccine screening and consent form. This will need to be filled out for both first and second dose appointments. You may click this link - Moderna vaccine screening and consent form - to print the form out and fill it in ahead of time. Blank forms will also be available at the POD to fill out prior to check in and prior to getting in line.

Here is what a completed consent form looks like:
ConsentForm - Copy

13. Once checked in, you may be seated in the socially-distanced waiting area until your name is called.

14. You will then be brought to a vaccine station and will be administered the vaccine.


15. After receiving the vaccine, your information from the vaccine screening and consent form will be entered into the Florida Shots system. Please have your photo proof of ID ready.

16. You will then go to another socially-distanced waiting area to wait for 15 minutes where you will be observed by medical staff on site.

17. After 15 minutes, you will receive your vaccination card and other vaccine-related information (first dose). Please keep this card in a safe place, as you will need it when it is time for your second dose appointment. If your appointment was for a second dose, your vaccination card will be stamped to mark you have received your second dose.

18. You may then exit the POD.

19. Hand sanitizing stations will be present throughout the POD.

20. Please remember after the vaccine it is still important to adhere to all COVID-related safety measures: wear a face mask, practice social distancing, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.