Frequently Asked Questions (COVID-19 Vaccine)
Who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida?
Persons 12 years of age and older are eligible for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Persons 18 years of age and older are eligible for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Do I need to live in Florida full-time to get my vaccine here?
No. Both full-time and seasonal residents are eligible to get their COVID-19 vaccines in Florida. Someone should only get their shot in Florida, however, if they will be in Florida for the time period needed to receive both shots.
Additionally, anyone in the state for the purpose of providing goods or services is also eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida.
How do I register to receive a vaccination?
You can call the below numbers or visit the below sites for more information on obtaining a COVID-19 vaccine through their facility:
- Department of Health in Marion County https://tinyurl.com/MarionCOVIDvax 352-644-2590
- CVS cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine 1-800-746-7287
- Heart of Florida Health Center https://www.myhfhc.org/ 352-732-6599
- Publix publix.com/covid-vaccine
- Sam’s Club samsclub.com/covid
- Walgreen’s walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19
- Walmart walmart.com/COVIDvaccine
- Winn Dixie winndixie.com/pharmacy/covid-vaccine
Appointment availability may differ by location.
What phone number will you be contacting me from to set an appointment?
When residents receive a call about a vaccination appointment from the Department of Health in Marion County, the phone number will display as coming from the Department of Health in Marion County’s main phone number (352-629-0137).
Can I schedule my appointment for a second dose with you?
You will need to get your second dose of vaccine through the same agency that you received your first dose of vaccine. Please contact that agency for more information on its second dose appointments.
DOH-Marion schedules all second dose appointments at the time of first dose vaccination.
COST & LOCATION
Are COVID-19 vaccinations free?
COVID-19 vaccinations will always be provided free of charge. Schedulers will never ask for credit card information.
Where will the vaccinations be given?
The current site for vaccinations scheduled by the Department of Health in Marion County is the Department of Health in Marion County's main office (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala).
Are people able to get a vaccine only in the county in which they reside?
No, you are eligible to get the vaccine in any county as long as you meet the state’s eligibility requirements. For information on pre-registering for future vaccine in various Florida counties, visit https://myvaccine.fl.gov/. For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccines in Florida, visit www.floridahealthcovid19.gov.
VACCINE & VACCINE AVAILABILITY
What vaccine will I receive?
DOH-Marion is primarily receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine currently. This vaccine is a 2-dose shot. Pfizer requires 21 days between the first and second shot. For more information about this shot and other approved COVID-19 vaccines, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/.
The department also offers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine; that vaccine is a 1-dose shot.