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Latest News – COVID-19 vaccinations in Marion County

By Florida Department of Health in Marion County

May 13, 2021

 

Information regarding COVID-19 vaccinations can change quickly. Below please find the latest updates relating to COVID-19 vaccinations in Marion County.

 

May 13

  • Anyone age 12 or older is now eligible to receive a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination through DOH-Marion.
    • Eligible ages for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines continue to be 18 or older.
  • The CDC has updated its guidance for fully vaccinated individuals. Please see theCDC website for information on new guidelines.
April 23
  • The FDA and CDC have lifted their recommended pause on the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following a safety review.

April 13

  • The FDA and CDC have recommended a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine. The pause is recommended in an abundance of caution while they further investigate 6 incidents of blood clots linked to the vaccine.
    • More than 6.8 million doses of J&J have been administered in the US. Johnson & Johnson make up less than 5% of the shots in arms in the US.
  • All 6 cases occurred among women between the ages of 18 and 48, and symptoms occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.
  • Based on the information from the CDC, for people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine more than several weeks ago, the risk to them appears to be very low at this time. For people who got this particular vaccine within the last three weeks, they should contact their healthcare provider and seek medical treatment if they develop symptoms such as severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath.
  • DOH-Marion has primarily used Pfizer vaccine at its vaccination site.
    • Only 784 of the more than 70,000 doses of vaccine DOH-Marion has provided have been Johnson & Johnson
    • DOH-Marion will provide only Pfizer vaccine at its vaccine locations while the FDA and CDC investigate further.

April 6

  • Federally-supported COVID-19 vaccination sites have resumed providing Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations. The federally-supported sites are open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. No appointment is needed; walk-ups are accepted at each site. These federally-supported sites are located at:
    • Valencia College – West Campus, 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811
    • Tampa Greyhound Track, 755 E. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    • Gateway Mall, 5200 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208
    • Miami Dade Community College, 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami, FL 33167

April 5

  • All individuals ages 18 years old and older are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Florida.
  • Individuals ages 16 and 17 years old are also eligible for a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; this vaccine is available at the Department of Health in Marion County vaccine sites. To register for an appointment with the Department of Health in Marion County, visit www.tinyurl.com/MarionCOVIDvax.

March 31

  • DOH-Marion will be offering a total of 8,000 first dose vaccine appointments the week of April 5-9 to provide surge capacity for the first week of wider vaccine age eligibility.
  • Individuals of any age can pre-register for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Department of Health in Marion County at www.tinyurl.com/MarionCOVIDvax.
    • It's not necessary to wait until the date that you become officially eligible by age to pre-register for a vaccine. DOH officials encourage you to sign up in advance of this date. 

March 29

  • All individuals age 40 and older are now eligible for a vaccine. The next change in age eligibility (to all 18+ and to 16- and 17-year-olds who come with a parent/guardian to their appointments) will be Monday, April 5.

March 26

  • When vaccine eligibility opens to all 18 years of age and older, 16 and 17-year-olds will also be able to be vaccinated (if accompanies by a parent/guardian to an appointment) with the Pfizer vaccine.
    • DOH-Marion's vaccination site at the Paddock Mall will be one of the sites where 16- and 17-year-olds will able to be vaccinated because the site distributes Pfizer vaccine. To register, visit www.tinyurl.com/MarionCOVIDvax.

March 25

March 19

March 10

  • CVS Pharmacy will begin offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments at select locations in Marion County. Residents can sign up for those appointments online at https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine or can call CVS customer service at 800-746-7287.

March 9

  • Per the latest executive order:
    • Starting March 15, Residents who are age 60 or older will be able to register for COVID-19 vaccinations
    • Individuals that a physician has deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 may be vaccinated at any of the vaccination sites in Florida. These individuals must provide the completed form from their physician to be vaccinated.

March 7

  • The Department of Health in Marion County is done contacting its original list of 50,000 registrants for an appointment. This list was from registrations that the county held Dec. 28, 2020 through Jan. 4, 2021.
  • Moving forward, the Department of Health in Marion County will be contacting people who pre-registered for a vaccine through the MyVaccine.FL.gov website/registration phone line for an appointment.

March 5

  • Two Walgreens locations in Marion County have been added as locations to receive COVID-19 vaccinations. Residents can sign up for those appointments at walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19. The two locations that will be offering appointments are located at:
    • 807 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, FL
    • 260 Marion Oaks Blvd., Ocala, FL 34473
      • Note: Any information on locations offering vaccines is subject to change without notification to DOH-Marion

March 4

  • Vaccination sites that receive vaccine directly from the federal government (such as through the federal pharmacy program) and vaccination sites run by FEMA can vaccinate the following:
    • Individuals who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs
      • This includes teachers, staff and bus drivers.
      • This also includes those who work as or for licensed child care providers, including center-based and family care providers.

March 3

  • Four federally-supported COVID-19 vaccination sites have opened. These sites are located in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami and are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and can administer 3,000 vaccines per say each. Walk-ups are accepted at each site. These sites are located at:
    • Valencia College – West Campus
      • 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, FL 32811
    • Tampa Greyhound Track
      • 755 E. Waters Ave., Tampa, FL 33604
    • Gateway Mall
      • 5200 Norwood Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32208
    • Miami Dade Community College
      • 11380 NW 27th Ave., Miami, FL 33167
    • For more information, please visithttps://www.floridadisaster.org/Vaccine.

March 1

  • Per the latest executive order:
    • The following are newly eligible to register for and receive COVID-19 vaccine:
      • K-12 employees 50 years of age or older
      • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age or older
      • Firefighters 50 years of age or older
    • Individuals that a physician has deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 may be vaccinated at pharmacy locations or federal vaccination sites. These individuals must provide the completed form from their physician to be vaccinated.

 

Find more information on COVID-19, including answers to frequently asked questions about vaccinations, at https://marion.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/infectious-disease-services/COVID-19.