Vaccine Information

 

See below for the link to the registration portal.
Please read all the information
so you can be better prepared.


County announces improved registration process
for COVID-19 vaccines

Highlands County officials have announced an improved plan to register individuals 65 or older for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines will continue to be administered on an appointment-only basis at the Point Of Distribution (POD) at Lakeshore Mall, 901 U.S. 27 North, in Sebring. Registration for appointments will be taken online beginning Monday, Jan. 11,  at 8 am the registration portal will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. PLEASE NOTE: You cannot register for an appointment on site at the POD.


If you know someone who is 65 or older who does not have Internet access, they should call 863-402-6780 to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine appointment waiting list. This hotline is currently open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We expect call volume to continue to be high for some time so please be patient with staff as we work with you through the process.


To register online for the COVID-19 vaccine appointment waiting list, please click in the link below.


This is how the appointment-making process will work:


1. You must either call or go online to register your name, DOB, contact information.


2. Your name will be put on a waiting list.


3. Each person will need to be registered individually.


4. Appointments are allotted based on the number of vaccines the county received from the state. The number of appointments will be determined each week. For example, if 100 doses are available, then the next 100 individuals on the waiting list will be contacted with an appointment time and date for that given week.


5. Staff will contact each individual with an appointment time and date. This is dependent on the number of appointments available each week and is based on the number of vaccines the County receives from the state each week. 


6. You DO NOT need to confirm your appointment if you are able to go to the provided appointment. HOWEVER, if you need to cancel the provided 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.


7. Appointment times and dates are limited and there is no flexibility to change appointments times and dates in a given week.


8. Those who have a registration number from Monday, Jan. 4 and DID NOT get a confirmed appointment for the week of Jan. 4-9 should please call 863-402-6780 to be added to the waiting list. Please have that registration number ready when you call.

 
“The county is getting limited shipments of the vaccine every week, so appointments will be available based on the amount of vaccine available to us,” Emergency Manager LaTosha Reiss said. “Don't worry if you don't get in on the first try because there will be more appointment opportunities.”


Vaccines will be administered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The POD will be open from noon to 4 p.m. until further notice.

Those who register for a vaccination appointment will need to provide a photo ID as proof that they are 65 or older. Proof of insurance will not be required.

At Lakeshore Mall, those with appointments should use the west entrance (at the backside of the mall) nearest the old Kmart location. Signs will direct registrants where to go. Everyone is asked to wear a mask while on site. If you do not have a mask upon arrival, one will be provided to you for safety purposes. Before you leave your home, please make sure you are wearing clothing that allows your upper arm to be easily exposed.


A pre-vaccine form will need to be completed by each person who wants to be vaccinated and will be filled out during the intake process at the POD. Registrants should plan to be on site for roughly an hour to get through all the stations at the POD.


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. Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-135 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.


The Highlands County health department has vaccinated frontline healthcare workers, like Highlands County Fire Rescue paramedics and EMTs, and hospitals have offered the vaccine to personnel with direct patient contact.


Gov. DeSantis has yet to offer guidance on what other demographics are next in line to receive the vaccine.


Please continue to monitor Highlands County government’s social media accounts and website, highlandsfl.gov, for updates about second shots of the vaccine.


Follow Highlands County BCC on Facebook by searching for highlandsfl.gov and
 on Twitter @HighlandsFLBCC.

To register for the vaccine, please click here: Vaccine Registration

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Information about the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

Once it is time for the second dose, the state’s Department of Health will provide each county health department with two allotments of the vaccine – one for the first dose and one for the second dose. Once the county receives confirmation of the allocated doses for each week in each category, appointments will be set up for second doses.

When will I get my second dose?
If you received your first dose at our site, EOC staff will contact you at a future date to schedule an appointment for your second dose. PLEASE NOTE that the date on the vaccination card only indicates the earliest date you could receive the second dose – it is NOT an appointment date, nor does it mean that you must get the second dose on that date.

Do I need to re-register? 
No, you do not need to re-register on the portal. 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? 
Appointments will be set in the same order as the first dose appointments. The number of appointments each week will be based on the number of vaccine doses received from the state for second dose.

Remember to keep your vaccination card in a safe place - you will need it when you get your second dose of the vaccine.

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

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

1. Only go to the POD if you received an email or phone call confirmation of your appointment.

2. Vaccines will be ONLY administered to those that received confirmation of their appointment via email or phone call.

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

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

5. Please go to the POD during your scheduled appointment time. You DO NOT need to show up several hours early.

6. 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)

7. 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, DO NOT COME.

8. When you arrive at Lakeshore Mall, please use the west (back of the mall) entrance near the former Kmart. Signs inside will direct you to the POD.

9. When you arrive at the POD, the first thing you will do is check in. Have your photo proof of ID ready.

10. Next, turn in your vaccine screening and consent form if you were able to print it out and fill it in ahead of time OR blank forms will be available to fill out while you are seated in the socially-distanced waiting area.

11. Turn the form in when it is completed and remain seated in the waiting area until called.

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

13. 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.

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

15. After 15 minutes, you will receive your vaccination card and other vaccine-related information.

16. You may then exit the POD.

17. 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.

PLEASE NOTE:
Hand sanitizing stations will be present throughout the entire POD.
Pens will be provided as well, with clean pens available in one basket and a basket for the used pens to go into.