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COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information

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All Floridians age 18 and older are eligible for the vaccine. Those age 16 and older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. Currently, the Santa Rosa County Department of Health is only administering the Moderna vaccine which is only available for those age 18 and older.

Ascension Sacred Heart and Baptist Health Care may have the Pfizer vaccine available at times. Find more information for Ascension Sacred Heart here. Find more information for Baptist Health Care here.

The Santa Rosa County Department of Health will be administering Moderna COVID vaccinations (first and second doses) at the county's vaccination station, 6209 Hwy. 90 in Milton (former Bealls) for residents 18 and older as follows:
  • Mon. - Fri., Apr. 12-16
    Walk-ins and appointments available 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Sat., Apr. 17
    W
    alk-ins from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Residents who have received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine may (after 28 days) utilize the walk-in clinic to receive their second dose. Residents may make an appointment online or by calling ShareCare toll-free at 866-201-7110. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1035.

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Community Health Northwest Florida CANCELS J&J  clinic April 14

Community Health Northwest Florida has cancelled the Johnson and Johnson vaccination clinic previously scheduled for Wed., Apr. 14 at 6209 Hwy. 90 in Milton (at the former Bealls) per today's recommendation from the FDA and CDC until additional guidance is received. 

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Additional Guidance:

  • Do not arrive early for your appointment. 
  • Persons with transportation issues should contact the Tri-County Community Council, 850-626-6806.
  • Eligible Florida residents may register by calling ShareCare, toll-free at 866-201-7110 or myvaccine.fl.gov. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1035.
  • The ShareCare call line is an automated system. Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine their eligibility.
  • Eligible residents will then be called back by an operator to schedule a vaccination appointment as vaccines become available in Santa Rosa County. Operators will never ask for payment, credit card info, etc. to schedule an appointment.
  • Appointments are available as early as same day.
  • Operators will never ask for payment, credit card info, etc. to schedule an appointment.
  • Residents who use a call screening app or device should consider disabling this function to ensure calls from the state are not blocked.
  • After the appointment is scheduled, residents will then receive an email with a QR code with their registration information and consent form to print and bring to the appointment. The QR code and registration form are emailed in advance of appointments to improve efficiency at the vaccination site.
  • The QR code cannot be shared with anyone else - they are unique per registered individual. Residents who do not have a printer, smartphone or email address will still receive their vaccinations.
  • Residents who are signed up through the state vaccine registration system may lookup their appointment at vaccine.sharecare.com/appt-lookup. To talk with a live person with questions about appointments or the vaccine, residents may call 833-540-2044.
  • ShareCare operators will call to schedule second doses approximately one week before they are recommended.
  • If you do not receive your appointment from the state for your second shot by day 28, call the state vaccination line at 866-201-7110 or you may email srcvaccines@santarosa.fl.gov with your name, date of birth and the location where you received your first shot. 
  • While the second doses can be given at approximately four weeks after the initial dose, the CDC has determined that second doses may be given as late as six weeks for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. You will need a second consent form.
  • Santa Rosa County has been administering the Moderna vaccine at public vaccination clinics.
  • This vaccination administration is a very carefully scheduled process and as a safety measure, only individuals actively being vaccinated are allowed inside the facility. 

  • Each individual must bring a valid form of identification showing date of birth (driver's license, state-issued ID or passport).
  • 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.
  • All individuals desiring to be vaccinated must also meet the following state residency criteria, as outlined by Florida Statute 381.986(5)(b).

Testing

Santa Rosa County is discontinuing the county-sponsored COVID testing sites at the Milton Community Center and Tiger Point Community Center beginning Fri., Apr. 2 in order to devote these resources to the COVID vaccination station at 6209 Hwy. 90 in Milton (former Bealls).

If residents are exhibiting symptoms, they should contact their primary care provider, the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center (1-866-779-6121) or one of the healthcare providers listed below. Charges may apply.

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. Note that this is not a complete listing of all feeding programs in Santa Rosa County. For a more complete list, visit Feeding the Gulf Coast's website to use the search feature to locate the closest food pantry or distribution event.

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