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COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information

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Latest Information:
I. The Santa Rosa County vaccine waitlist is closed while we transition to a state-managed waitlist tentatively scheduled for the first week of February. Check back or subscribe to our news releases so you can be notified as soon as it becomes available.  

All residents who are currently on the Santa Rosa County waitlist will be incorporated into the state waitlist before the waitlist goes live to the public, ensuring your place in the system. If you made an appointment with Santa Rosa County and need to cancel, email srcvaccine@santarosa.fl.gov..

II. Currently, frontline healthcare workers with direct patient contact, long-term care facility residents and staff, and individuals 65 and older may be vaccinated for COVID 19. Per the public advisory signed by Florida’s surgeon general on Jan. 21, all individuals desiring to be vaccinated must also meet the following state residency criteria, as outlined by Florida Statute 381.986)5)(b):

1. A resident must provide the department with a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license issued under s. 322.18 or a copy of a valid Florida identification card issued under s. 322.051.

2. A seasonal resident who cannot meet the requirements of the paragraph above may provide the department with a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:

a. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.

b. One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.

c. A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.

d. A utility bill, not more than two months old.

e. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statements, not more than two months old.

f. Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than two months old.

Publix Grocery Stores (Pea Ridge, Five Points, Tiger Point, Gulf Breeze, Navarre)

Publix has an online scheduling portal for registering for appointments on a first come, first served status. It is expected that slots fill quickly, so individuals 65 and older should continue to check this site for availability.

Florida Division of Emergency Management

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has a dedicated phone line through the Governor's Office for citizens to call if they have concerns about the COVID vaccine. This is not an appointment line. If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, call (850) 717-9337.

Santa Rosa County

  • If you have not yet been called for your second dose, you will be called before February 1.
  • Individuals on the waitlist will be notified of an appointment by text, email and/or phone call from AlertSantaRosa as vaccines become available. The alert will say "Important information from Santa Rosa County, please stay on the line."
  • Second dose appointments will either be scheduled onsite, or you will be contacted with the details of your second appointment, depending on the provider of your initial dose.
  • Do not mail or FedEx your consent form. Bring any paperwork with you or it will be provided to you onsite. 
  • If you are on the waitlist and secure and appointment in another county, you are asked to cancel your appointment by emailing srcvaccine@santarosa.fl.gov
  • The vaccine cannot be administered to individuals who are positive for COVID-19 until 90 days after the infection. Individuals who test positive are asked to reschedule by emailing srcvaccine@santarosa.fl.gov

This vaccination administration is a very carefully scheduled process and as a safety measure, only individuals actively being vaccinated are allowed inside the facility.

  • Regardless of the locations where you are receiving your vaccine:
    • Do not arrive any earlier than five minutes before your appointment.
    • Arriving onsite earlier will not secure you an earlier vaccination.
    • Wait in your vehicle until your appointment time. You will not be able to wait inside the building.
    • Do not call to let staff know you have arrived, and do not come inside to be texted when it is your appointment time.

 Remember:

  • Individuals under age 65 will not be vaccinated at this time, per the state executive order.
  • Each individual must bring a valid form of identification showing date of birth (driver's license, state-issued ID or passport).
  • Healthcare workers who provide direct patient care and are not associated with a hospital system must bring a valid form of identification as indicated above as well as a healthcare badge to prove eligibility.
  • Each individual wishing to receive a vaccination is required to register for an appointment. Individuals without an appointment will not be vaccinated. There are no walk-in appointments at any location at this time. 
  • These are not drive-through sites. All individuals must be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination.
  • If you have questions about whether or not you should receive the vaccine, contact your health care provider.
  • Santa Rosa County is receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine which is administered in two doses. you must receive your second dose 25-33 days after your appointment. You will be contacted with the details of your second does appointment if it is not scheduled at your initial vaccination. More information on the COVID-19 vaccine is available at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

State Vaccine Administration Information:

Per Executive Order 20-315, during this first phase of COVID-19 vaccine administration, providers shall only vaccinate the following:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • Hospitals may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable
  • Additionally, the surgeon general for the state has issued an order that vaccines can only be given to Florida residents.

Testing

Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital and Santa Rosa County still has two drive-through testing sites. Pre-registration is no longer required for testing only. 

Tiger Point Community Center - 1370 Tiger Point Ln. in Gulf Breeze

Tues. and Thurs., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Milton Community Center - 5629 Byrom St. in Milton

Mon., Wed. and Fri., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Information on county testing sites:
  • No out of pocket cost or copay will be collected but bring photo ID and any insurance cards as insurance will be submitted.
  • Testing is subject to change due to inclement weather.
  • Testing will be nasal swabs. These are not tests for antibodies. 
  • Remain in your vehicle for the duration of the process.
  • If you have been tested and have questions about results visit:
    https://9582-3.portal.athenahealth.com

Santa Rosa County

  • All county offices are open for business; appointments are encouraged. In some cases walk-in appointments may be available although lobby seating is limited and citizens may be asked to wait outside or in their vehicle until called.
  • Santa Rosa County libraries will open for computer use and "grab and go" browsing. Find more information here. 
  • Cloth face masks are available at all county libraries (see locations and hours). For more details, call 981-READ (7323).
  • The Florida Department of Health provides a detailed list of COVID data by county. This info changes daily. Santa Rosa County begins on page 111.
  • See also the Santa Rosa County COVID dashboard.

Santa Rosa County School District

Visit www.santarosa.k12.fl.us/bts2021 or see links below:

Contact BackToSchool@santarosa.k12.fl.us with specific questions.

Santa Rosa County Health Department

  • Florida Health Department Website
  • "Individuals who have tested positive should not retest for at least three months," said County Health Administrator Sandra Park-O'Hara. "Once you've been infected, the genetic material may remain in your body for several months resulting in a continued positive test."
  • Santa Rosa DOH has masks available for individuals or businesses at 5527 Stewart St. in Milton or 5840 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze. Call 850-564-2307.

OneBlood

  • Everyone who is physically capable of donating plasma or blood is urged to do so during the pandemic. Convalescent plasma from recovered COVID patients is being evaluated as a treatment for those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID infections. Donations can be scheduled online at OneBlood.org. 
  • OneBlood web site is testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test will indicate if the donor has antibodies, regardless of presence of symptoms. 
  • Appointments to donate are required.
  • Do not donate if you are not feeling well or have a cough or fever. 


Feeding Programs

There are many feeding programs in the county where residents can pick up enough food for a family of four for at least a week. See the calendar for a complete schedule or map of closest location. There are no restrictions on who may utilize this program. 

Feeding the Gulf Coast provides a search feature on their websiteto locate the closest food pantry or distribution event.


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