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COVID-19 Vaccinations

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County (FDOH-Osceola) is temporarily unable to schedule appointments for those individuals who registered until we receive more vaccine.

Registration for COVID-19 vaccinations at FDOH-Osceola is temporarily closed. No appointments are currently being scheduled. Registration will re-open when additional vaccine becomes available.

This update is being provided to the public through social media and on our FDOH-Osceola website at http://osceola.floridahealth.gov/. Residents are advised to monitor our website for updates on COVID-19 vaccine availability.

If the FDOH-Osceola provided your first dose of the vaccine, we will also provide you with your second dose. The second dose window for Moderna vaccine is up to 2 days before or 4 days after the 28th day. Our staff will follow up, via phone or email, regarding your second dose appointment.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR VACCINATIONS

Governor DeSantis announced via press conference that Orlando Health will be supporting community vaccinations for 65+ and healthcare workers (including dentists) with direct patient contact. Orlando Health St. Cloud is a participating hospital. Individuals can register via the following link - https://vaccine.orlandohealth.com/

For an AdventHealth COVID-19 vaccine distribution update, visit:
https://www.adventhealth.com/business/adventhealth-central-florida-media-resources/news/adventhealth-covid-19-vaccine-distribution-update-2

OSCEOLA COUNTY COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION

Osceola County’s Office of Emergency Management is working together with the Florida Department of Health on a distribution plan for the COVID-19 vaccine. Due to limited supplies, the vaccine will first be available to select groups, including healthcare workers and those in long-term care facilities, before wider community distribution. Updates regarding vaccine availability in Osceola County will be shared here.

Please register with Alert Osceola to ensure you receive important updates as the vaccine becomes more available to our community.

OSCEOLA COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES VACCINE AVAILABILITY

January 9, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine available Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Osceola Community Health Services, 1501 Bill Beck Blvd, Kissimmee. Vaccine available for persons 65 years and older and health care personnel. Appointments and credentials required. Call 407-943-8600 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine available Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Osceola Community Health Services, 109 N Doverplum, Poinciana. Vaccine available for persons 65 years and older and health care personnel. Appointments and credentials required. Call 407-943-8600 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine available Monday, January 18, 2021 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Osceola Community Health Services, 1501 Bill Beck Blvd, Kissimmee. Vaccine available for persons 65 years and older and health care personnel. Appointments and credentials required. Call 407-943-8600 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine available Wednesday, January 20, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Osceola Community Health Services, 109 N Doverplum, Poinciana. Vaccine available for persons 65 years and older and health care personnel. Appointments and credentials required. Call 407-943-8600 to schedule an appointment.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH – OSCEOLA COVID-19 TESTING AND VACCINE FAQS

January 7, 2021

Can I make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination?
No appointments are available at this time.

How do I make an appointment when they are available?
When available, appointments can be made by phone or email.

Are there other options for COVID-19 vaccinations?
Yes. Governor DeSantis announced via press conference that Orlando Health will be supporting community vaccinations for 65+ and healthcare workers (including dentists) with direct patient contact. Orlando Health St. Cloud is a participating hospital. Individuals can register via the following link - https://vaccine.orlandohealth.com/.

When will more vaccine be available?
There is no timeline for vaccine availability. When more vaccine is available, updates will be provided at osceola.floridahealth.gov.

What if I have already made an appointment through phone or email and have not been contacted?
On Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:23 p.m., registration by phone and email for COVID-19 vaccines was temporarily closed. The registry will reopen when more vaccines are available. This update was provided to the public through social media and on our FDOH-Osceola website at osceola.floridahealth.gov. Residents are encouraged to monitor our website for updates on the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. If people signed up on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 12:23 p.m. or sooner, our staff will contact them and provide further instructions.

I have already received my first vaccination. When will I receive my second?
At this time, we are not scheduling second vaccination appointments. We will follow up with people who have received vaccinations regarding their second dose.

I received a Moderna vaccine. Can I receive a Pfizer vaccine for my second dose? (or vice versa)
No. The same vaccine must be administered for both doses.

What if I want to get tested for COVID-19?
Testing is available Monday, January 4th through Saturday, January 30th at Valencia College, located at 1800 Denn John Lane. Testing will be available at this location Monday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Is the health department the only place where I can get tested for COVID-19?
There are other testing locations available. For a complete list of testing locations in Osceola County, visit osceola.org/covid19testing.

Where can I receive more information on COVID-19 testing and vaccinations?
For more information and updates, visit osceola.floridahealth.gov

The Florida Department of Health in Osceola County asks everyone to continue to practice personal prevention measures this Winter. These include the use of cloth face coverings, social distancing, regular hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes and sanitizing commonly used surfaces. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to provide COVID-19 testing, vaccinations and other vital health services to Osceola County.

Florida COVID-19 Time-Phased Vaccination Strategy

Florida Covid-19 Time-Phased Vaccination Strategy. Providers at high-risk of covid-19 exposure will be prioritized. Target Groups include, but are not limited to, individuals 65 and older, those with underlying medical conditions, or those experiencing homelessness.

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.