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COVID-19 Vaccine

Posted on: January 21, 2021

Latest Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Efforts

COVID19 vaccine info and updates

UPDATE 13  - POSTED MAY 2, 2021

COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccines TUESDAY, May 4 in Wellington

Wellington, in partnership with The Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Feeding South Florida will host a FREE COVID-19 vaccination pop-up site on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 beginning at 9:00 am at Village Park, 11700 Pierson Road.  400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available (must be 18 years or older) as a walk-up.  Vaccinations begin at 9:00 am and continue until 6:00 pm, while supplies last. Vaccines are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  This is a walk-up event; no appointment is needed.   Priority will be given to food distribution participants.


UPDATE 12  - POSTED April 11, 2021
Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Site in Wellington

The Village of Wellington, in partnership with The Florida Division of Emergency Management, and Feeding South Florida, will host a FREE COVID-19 vaccination pop-up site on Tuesday, April 13, 2021. The event will take place at the Mall at Wellington Green (Nordstrom Parking area), located at 10300 Forest Hill Blvd #2000, Wellington, FL 33414, starting at 9:00 AM. 

400 Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered (must be 18 years or older) as a walk-up, using the Florida Division of Emergency Management's mobile vaccine unit.

AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED! Vaccines are available on a first-come, first-served basis and supplies are limited. Priority will be given to food distribution participants. Vaccinations begin at 9:00 AM.

The Village of Royal Palm Beach will also be hosting a COVID-19 Pop-Up Vaccine Site on Wednesday, April 14th beginning at 9:00 AM at Commons Park.

Wellington will provide updates and notices about future vaccination opportunities in the Village through social media (Facebook: @VillageofWellington; Twitter: @Wellingtonflgov).

UPDATE 11  - POSTED April 2, 2021

The state is vaccinating people 40 years and older. Beginning April 5, all adults will be eligible for the vaccine. You may request an appointment for COVID-19 vaccines administered by the Department of Health Broward is by calling 866-201-6313 or myvaccine.fl.gov.
 
Other facilities administering vaccines:
 

Publix Pharmacies – (67 Locations in PBC)
or call 1-800-242-1227

 DOH-Palm Beach (County Health Department) 
 or call 866-201-6754

CVS – (select locations)

WALMART –(select locations)

Winn Dixie –(Lake Worth Only)

Walgreens –(select locations)

UPDATE 10  - POSTED MARCH 22, 2021
Vaccine Eligibility & Locations

Vaccines are now available for additional groups in Palm Beach County. 

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 50 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

Places to Request a COVID-19 Vaccine 

Health Care District of Palm Beach County

http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org/ or call 561-804-4115

Locations
South County Civic Center – Delray Beach
South Florida Fairgrounds – West Palm Beach
Burns Road Community Center  - Palm Beach Gardens

Publix Pharmacies – (67 Locations in PBC)
or call 1-800-242-1227

 DOH-Palm Beach (County Health Department) 
 or call 866-201-6754

CVS – (select locations)

WALMART –(select locations)

Winn Dixie –(Lake Worth Only)

Walgreens –(select locations)

Anquan Boldin Stadium at Pahokee High School (Belle Glade)
Open on Fridays and Saturdays, and vaccinations will be done on a first-come/first-served basis; no reservations are required.
Please note: this site is specifically intended to serve Glades residents who may not have the means to travel to another site.

UPDATE 9 - POSTED MARCH 17, 2021
Vaccines for Homebound Seniors


The Florida Division of Emergency Management recently announced a new way for homebound seniors to sign up to have a COVID-19 vaccine come directly to them.

E-mail HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com with your name and phone number to put in your request.

Someone from the Florida Division of Emergency Management will contact you within 72 hours to collect more information and schedule your appointment.

At this time, they are NOT accepting phone calls for homebound vaccination appointments.

Please share this with anyone you know who may benefit from this information.

UPDATE 8 - POSTED March 4, 2021

More Florida Populations Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis expanded the list of populations eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to include

    Long-term care facility residents and staff

    Persons 65 years of age and older

    Health care personnel with direct patient contact

    K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older

    Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and

    Firefighters 50 years of age and older

In addition, individuals determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 may also be vaccinated. Such physician determinations shall include a statement that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria established by a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health. For more information, read the Governor’s executive order

UPDATE 7 - POSTED FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Vaccine Administration in Palm Beach County

Wellington 

The Village is currently not administering vaccines.

Palm Beach County

  • Registration currently closed.
  • Palm Beach County Health Care District will administer the current vaccine supply to those who initially signed up on the County's appointment waiting list.

State of Florida

  • Currently contracting with Publix pharmacies.
  • Individuals may register for appointments on Publix's COVID19 Vaccine website.
  • You may also preregister for the COVID-19 vaccine through Florida's My Vaccine Webpage
    • PLEASE NOTE: The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County has announced that it is not ready to use the statewide vaccination appointment system. 
    • Florida's My Vaccine Webpage is open to Palm Beach County residents, but at this time, appointments are not available in Palm Beach County for those registering in this system. 

Federal Government / Centers for Disease Control

UPDATE 6 - POSTED FEBRUARY 10, 2021

COVID vaccine availability continues to be a challenge not only in Florida but throughout the entire United States. One of the challenges has been vaccine availability for the 4.4 million seniors who live in Florida. Vaccine availability still remains low, and demand very high. Currently, the department of health of each Florida county, as well as Publix (in many but not all counties) have served as State distribution sites.

In the upcoming days, additional vaccine administration sites will be opening. These will be Federal distribution sites. This is important to note as they will have additional vaccine allocation over and above the state allocation. In addition to seniors, workers at long-term care facilities as well as healthcare personnel employed at medical providers have been designated in Florida to be eligible to receive the vaccine. However, not all places administering the vaccine have made it available to the workers of healthcare facilities, including dentists, nurses, and other office personnel. For them, Publix has been one of the only places for them to receive the vaccine, as long as they provide evidence such as a state license or documentation from the provider for whom they work.

Additionally, there has been limited to no availability for people who have conditions deemed to make them severely compromised, and therefore, also eligible for the vaccine in Florida. County health departments have been the sole resource for these people to receive their vaccines. However this week, Sam’s Club has confirmed that they will be administering vaccines to this vulnerable population as long as they meet the criteria.

 We understand that vaccine availability varies by county, notably with regard to who administers the vaccine. As always, your county health department is a relevant local resource on these matters. Please note that some counties, as well as local elected federal officials, are asking residents to sign up regardless of their age if they’re interested in receiving a vaccine. 

Vaccine Distribution Sites

Publix 

Walmart

Sam's Club Pharmacy and, if not a member at Sam's club you can set up Guest Acct. 

Walgreens 

Winn-Dixie

We will continue to monitor the rollout in Florida to provide you updates that may assist our residents.

UPDATE 5 - POSTED JANUARY 29, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County has announced that it is NOT ready to utilize the statewide covid-19 appointment system announced earlier today by the Department of Health’s state office in Tallahassee. The website myvaccine.fl.gov is open and available for Palm Beach County residents, but DOH-Palm Beach is advising local residents not to use it.
“We do not want to create another waitlist," says Dr. Alina Alonso, Director of DOH-Palm Beach. “Our primary focus is completing our original chd50feedback emailed waitlist through the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. We prefer that the public wait until we can give them actual appointments."

UPDATE 4 - POSTED JANUARY 21, 2021

Wellington residents have expressed concern and frustration about lengthy wait times and the inability to access appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. We hear you and share your frustration. 

The Health Department continues to coordinate vaccination appointments and locations throughout the state. They are working with the governor's office on this effort. As of this time, there are more than 200,000 seniors in Palm Beach County on a waiting list for the vaccine. The Department of Health in Palm Beach County is only receiving a few thousand doses each week;  it could be some time before everyone can have access to the vaccine. 

What Wellington is doing

Wellington has pledged its resources and support to the Florida Department of Health in its efforts to vaccinate our community. Know that we are ready, willing, and able to assist in conformance with the priority distribution requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order. Our Emergency Management team is coordinating local efforts and resources to support our point of dispensing plan.  

We're Still in PHASE 1 of the Vaccine Distribution 

As a reminder, we are in the first phase of vaccine distributions with priority given to people 65 and older, residents and staff of long-term care facilities, and healthcare workers with direct patient contact. 

Health Department Email Disabled 

Due to the large current waitlist, the Department of Health has deactivated the email address it was using to receive appointment requests. Their goal right now is to focus on scheduling current requests. County leaders tell us that after all these requests have been fulfilled, future appointments will be made available directly through vaccination sites, and details for these registration systems will be provided at a later date.

Other Ways to Request a Vaccination Appointment

Right now, there are a few other options to requests appointments. One is through Publix. They began scheduling appointments through their COVID-19 Vaccine online portal. As with other distribution sites, doses are limited and appointment spots fill quickly. 

Palm Beach County hospital systems are receiving vaccines directly from the State of Florida and running their own vaccination programs, primarily to vaccinate front-line personnel. Please visit their websites for specific information.  

Wellington’s Emergency Management team is working closely with Palm Beach County and the Health Department to monitor new vaccine sites coming online across the county. We will share updates with you as new information becomes available.

Additional Vaccination sites are open outside of Palm Beach County. You can find a full list of sites on the Florida Division of Emergency Management’s website

We’ve also created a COVID-19 Vaccine information page, where we will include links and other important information.

Again, Vaccination appointments are based on vaccine availability. As Dr. Alina Alonso has stated numerous times, filling all appointment requests will take months, not days or weeks. 

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through the Florida Health Department's website, and through local media.

UPDATE 4 - POSTED JANUARY 20, 2021

Due to the large current waitlist, the Department of Health has deactivated the chd50feedback@flhealth.gov email address to focus on scheduling current requests.

What does this mean if you are trying to schedule a vaccination appointment?

You will NOT be able to schedule an appointment through the Health Department right now. 

Other Ways to Schedule an Appointment 

  • Publix: Starting Friday, January 22 after 6:00 AM, eligible customers may access appointment availability beginning Saturday, January 23. LEARN MORE: https://bit.ly/3iuvFaw Vaccination appointments are scheduled online only. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy. 

PLEASE BE PATIENT

Vaccination appointments are based on vaccine availability. As Dr. Alina Alonso has stated, filling all appointment requests will take months, not days or weeks. 

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through the Florida Health Department PBC's website: palmbeach.floridahealth.gov, Twitter account @HealthyFLPBC, and local media.

UPDATE 4 - POSTED JANUARY 19, 2021

Starting Wednesday, January 20, eligible residents may begin scheduling vaccine appointments through Publix’s online portal. 

Learn more by visiting Publix's COVID-19 Vaccine Information page

Vaccination appointments are scheduled online only. Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy.

Eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, by appointment only

  • healthcare personnel with direct patient contact
  • residents and staff of longterm care facilities, and
  • adults aged 65 years and older

Find a list of participating Publix Pharmacies

UPDATE 3 - POSTED JANUARY 16, 2021

List of Vaccine Sites 

See a full list of Florida Vaccine sites.

Appointments  

Make an appointment by emailing chd50feedback@flhealth.gov (include your name, phone number, and date of birth)

Additional Information

 Visit the Florida Health Department's website for the latest information: https://bit.ly/38DpvBR


UPDATE 2 - POSTED JANUARY 13, 2021

Dr. Alina Alonso, with the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County, shared the latest COVID-19 Vaccine Update during Wellington's Council Meeting on January 12, 2021. 

What You Need To Know

  • Vaccine distribution will take effect in a phased approach. 
  • PHASE 1: Vaccines are available (appointment required) through the Florida Department of Health for long-term care facility staff, persons 65 years of age and older, and healthcare personnel with direct patient contact.

Appointments  

Make an appointment by emailing chd50feedback@flhealth.gov (include your name, phone number, and date of birth)

Addressing Your Frustrations

Many residents have expressed concern and frustration about lengthy wait times and the inability to access appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Health Department is coordinating vaccination appointments and locations through the state. They are working closely with the governor's office on this effort. As Doctor Alonso explains, with 100,000 seniors in Palm Beach County on a waiting list for the vaccine and only 4,000 additional doses received this week, it could be some time before everyone can have access to the vaccine. Wellington has pledged its resources and support to the Florida Department of Health in its efforts to vaccinate our community. We will be ready, willing, and able to assist in conformance with the priority distribution requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order 20-315. 

Vaccine Sites

We continue to work closely with Palm Beach County and Health Department officials to monitor vaccine sites across the county. We will share updates with you as new information becomes available. Right now, the best way for you to get on the waiting list (if you are eligible based on the requirements mentioned above) is to email chd50feedback@flhealth.gov

Additional Information

 Visit the Florida Health Department's website for the latest information: https://bit.ly/38DpvBR


UPDATE 1 - POSTED JANUARY 4, 2021

The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health are overseeing and monitoring three priority vaccination operations. 

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County's COVID-19 Vaccine local appointment hotline is currently CLOSED, as they work to transition to a new website-based appointment system.

Who Qualifies for the First Phase of Vaccines? 

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Palm Beach County Residents 65 and older 
  • Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact 

How to Request a Vaccination Appointment 

All appointments must be requested via email to chd50feedback@flhealth.gov

Include Contact Information

Please remember to include your name, phone number, and date of birth. 

When Can I Expect a Call Back for an Appointment? 

All emails are being received and will be contacted in order with further instructions as appointment slots and options become available. Vaccination appointments are based on dosage availability.

No Appointment, No Vaccine

No vaccines will be given without an appointment. Please do not show up at any Florida Department of Health locations for a vaccine, or to request an appointment. This should be done by email only at this time.

Updates & Information 

Specific details about the COVID-19 Vaccine are subject to change as Palm Beach County continues to work with the Health Department to safely and effectively, make the vaccine available to County residents. 

 Florida Department of Health 

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through the Health Department's website at palmbeach.floridahealth.gov and through their twitter account @HealthyFLPBC.  

For any additional questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov  and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

Palm Beach County 

Get answers to COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently asked questions and check Palm Beach County's COVID-19 Vaccine webpage regularly for the latest updates. 

Talk to Your Doctor

Make sure you speak with your primary care provider to answer any questions you have about the vaccine before you receive it.

Receive Texts from Governor DeSantis

For Updates about the vaccine and distribution from Governor Ron DeSantis, text FLCOVID19 to 888777.

 


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