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IMPORTANT COVID-19 VACCINE SITE UPDATE

The last day of operations at Osceola County’s vaccination site at the Kissimmee Civic Center was Saturday, June 19, 2021.

Beginning the week of Monday, June 21, 2021, COVID-19 vaccinations are offered by appointment only at the Florida Department of Health in Osceola County (FDOH-Osceola) main campus located at 1875 Fortune Road in Kissimmee. Those interested in scheduling a first or second dose vaccination appointment may contact the FDOH-Osceola call center at 407-552-0120. As of June 17, 2021, vaccination appointments are no longer offered through the myvaccine.fl.gov website.

Individuals who are vaccinated at the Kissimmee Civic Center on or before Saturday, June 19, 2021 will return to the FDOH-Osceola main campus for their second dose appointment.

For additional locations for COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit vaccines.gov.

ELIGIBILITY FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

The following populations of Florida Residents are currently eligible to schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine:

  • Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and provide a completed COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form.
  • Those individuals who are present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the State of Florida may also receive the vaccine.

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 12 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form.

Updates on vaccine availability and scheduling are available at:

http://osceola.floridahealth.gov and on Osceola County’s website at https://osceola.org/covid19vaccinations.

OSCEOLA COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Updated June 21, 2021

Who is eligible to receive a vaccine at this site?
Individuals 12 years of age and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and provide a completed COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form.

How do I schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?
Those interested in scheduling a first or second dose vaccination appointment may contact the FDOH-Osceola call center at 407-552-0120. As of June 17, 2021, vaccination appointments are no longer offered through the myvaccine.fl.gov website.

What do I need to bring to my vaccine appointment?
Individuals are asked to bring a form of identification and proof of residency to vaccine appointments. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and provide a completed COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form.

What proof of residency items do I need to bring?
We ask that all individuals bring proof of residency to their vaccine appointment.
Examples of proof of residency include:

  • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  • One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, stepparent, 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.
  • A utility hookup or work order
  • A utility bill, not more than 2 months old
  • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.

I’m a part-time resident, am I eligible to receive the vaccine?
As per a public health advisory issued by Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, part-time residents are eligible to receive a vaccine in Florida. A part-time resident is any person who temporarily resides in this state for a period of at least 31 consecutive days in each calendar year, maintains a temporary residence in this state, returns to the state or jurisdiction of his or her residence at least one time during each calendar year, and is registered to vote or pays income tax in another state or jurisdiction. Those individuals who are present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the State of Florida may also receive the vaccine.

After I receive my first dose of vaccine, how do I schedule my second dose appointment?
Individuals vaccinated at FDOH-Osceola’s main campus will be provided with their second dose appointment at the time of their first dose. Individuals who were vaccinated at the Kissimmee Civic Center on or before Saturday, June 19, 2021 will return to the FDOH-Osceola main campus for their second dose appointment.

My second dose appointment is after the day listed on my CDC card. Will the vaccine still be effective?
Per guidance issued by the CDC, the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible. However, if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval, the second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may be scheduled for administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose.

What do I need to bring to my second dose appointment?
Individuals need to bring their CDC vaccination card, a form of identification and proof of residency to their second dose appointment.

What do I do if I lost my CDC vaccine card?
It is critical that individuals bring their CDC vaccine card to their second appointment. However, if you have lost this card, individuals on site can access your information.

I have mobility issues, will there be accommodations at the vaccine site?
FDOH-Osceola can make accommodations for individuals with mobility issues at our vaccination site. If an accommodation needs to be made, alert staff on the site when you arrive.

8 Things to Know about the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Now that there are authorized and recommended vaccines to prevent COVID-19 in the United States, here are 8 things you need to know about the new COVID-19 Vaccination Program and COVID-19 vaccines.

1) The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority.

The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines.

2) COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed.

Depending on the specific vaccine you get, a second shot 3-4 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. Learn more about the benefits of getting vaccinated.

3) CDC is making recommendations for who should be offered COVID-19 vaccine first when supplies are limited.

To help guide decisions about how to distribute limited initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine, CDC and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have published recommendations for which groups should be vaccinated first.

4)There is currently a limited supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, but supply will increase in the weeks and months to come.

The goal is for everyone to be able to easily get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as large enough quantities are available. Once vaccine is widely available, the plan is to have several thousand vaccination providers offering COVID-19 vaccines in doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

5) After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection.

The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

6) Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

7) The first COVID-19 vaccine is being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested.

If more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine and make recommendations for their use in the United States. Learn more about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

All ACIP-recommended vaccines will be included in the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. CDC continues to work at all levels with partners, including healthcare associations, on a flexible COVID-19 vaccination program that can accommodate different vaccines and adapt to different scenarios. State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments have developed distribution plans to make sure all recommended vaccines are available to their communities.

8) COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic.

It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

Click here for additional important information issued by the CDC about the COVID-19 vaccine.