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COVID-19 Vaccine

1. When are the next vaccination events?

All appointments are full for Jan 22-25

Friday, January 22 FULL 
8 a.m. – noon
DOH-Okaloosa Fort Walton Beach
221 Hospital Dr. NE
Fort Walton Beach, FL
 
Saturday, January 23 FULL 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Northwest Florida State College
100 E. College Blvd.
Niceville, FL

Monday, January 25 FULL 
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center
1250 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Publix is now offering the COVID-19 vaccination at select sites in Okaloosa County. Appointments are required and must be made online.  Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy. Starting Friday, January 22 after 5 a.m., eligible customers can access appointment availability beginning Saturday, January 23.

Appointments are unable to made by email or in-person at the health department. There is not a waiting list for appointments. 

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2. Who is eligible?

DOH-Okaloosa DOH-Okaloosa is following Executive Order 20-315 which outlines that providers can only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff (These are being vaccinated through a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens)
  • Persons 65 years of age and older (Born January 1956 or earlier)
  • Non-hospital health care workers with direct patient contact.
If you are under 65 please contact your health care provider. Hospital providers are able to vaccinate those they deem vulnerable. DOH-Okaloosa cannot vaccinate anyone younger than 65 (Born January 1956 or earlier) unless they are a health care worker.

IDs will be verified at the vaccination event and if anyone scheduled does not meet any these criteria, their appointment will be canceled.

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3. What do I need to bring with me?

1. Individuals must complete a vaccine screening and consent form to confirm eligibility. Please review the forms below before your vaccination appointment. The forms can be read and printed by clicking the links below. Please print and complete the Screening and Consent Form before your appointment, if possible:

2. A valid government-issued ID must also be shown at the vaccination site. This can include a passport, driver’s license or military identification card. Health care workers will need to show their work badge. IDs will be verified at the appointment. 
3. Registration confirmation number. If you successfully registered online through Evenbrite, you should have received an email with a confirmation number from Eventbrite. You will need to bring this with you to the appointment.

 

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4. How will I get my second dose?

You will receive a reminder card with a date after you receive your vaccine. You will return to the same location on that date at the same time as your first appointment.

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5. Tips for registering online with Eventbrite

Google Chrome is the recommended browser for using Eventbrite.  We encourage people to register online. Please note callers may experience delays, dropped calls and busy signals due to high call volume.

Due to high demand, tickets online may be "sold" before your sale is complete.  Completed orders display an order number and you will receive a confirmation email.  Tickets are also available by phone until sold out.

FAQs About Registering for Events with Time Slots on Eventbrite

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6. How can I cancel an appointment?

If you need to cancel an appointment, you can call 850-344-0566 or if you registered online you can cancel using Eventbrite. Each person receiving the vaccine must sign up for an individual appointment ticket.

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7. Can I transfer my appointment to someone else?

No, appointments are non-transferrable. 

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8. What time should I arrive to my appointment?

You do not need to arrive extremely early for your appointment. You can arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment. By using appointments, wait times will be low. Arriving an hour or more early will slow down the lines.

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9. Which vaccine will I receive?

The vaccination provided will be the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. A second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine is required 21 days after the first dose. This dose will be scheduled at the first dose appointment. This vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization.

Additional vaccination clinics will be scheduled to provide the second dose.

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10. I am not a resident of Okaloosa County, can I receive the vaccine?

Okaloosa County residency is not required, but persons who receive the vaccine must remain in Okaloosa County for their second dose.

If you received your first dose in another county but want to get second dose in Okaloosa County by the health department you will need to make an appointment for the second dose when appointments are available. You will not be guaranteed a specific day/time if you did not receive first dose by DOH-Okaloosa.

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11. Who should not get the vaccine?

You should not get the vaccine if you have had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of the Moderna or Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine, or if you had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient of the vaccine. Let your vaccination provider know about any allergies you have.

If you have received ANY other vaccine in the past 14 days you cannot receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

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12. Who can administer the vaccine?

The list below contains health care professions whose governing practice act or federal guidance authorizes the administration of vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccines. If you have specific questions regarding a profession, please contact the respective regulatory board office at MedicalQualityAssurance@flhealth.gov.

  • Medical Doctors – Section 458.305(3), Florida Statutes
  • Osteopathic Physicians – Section 459.003(3), Florida Statutes
  • Physician Assistants – Section 459.022(4)(e), Florida Statutes, Section 458.347(4)(e), Florida Statutes
  • Registered Nurses – Section 464.003(19), Florida Statutes
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses – Section 464.003(2), Florida Statutes
  • Licensed Practical Nurses – Section 464.003(18), Florida Statutes
  • Certified Nursing Assistant with Registered Nurse Delegation – Section 464.201(5), Florida Statutes
  • Paramedics – Section 401.272(2)(b), Florida Statutes
  • Pharmacists – Section 465.189, Florida Statutes
  • Registered Pharmacy Interns – Section 465.189, Florida Statutes
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians – Health and Human Services Guidance Memorandum Dated 10/21/2020

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