COVID-19 Update #58 - Vaccine Information
COVID vaccine update
In five hours, Santa Rosa County’s call takers took more than 2000 reservations for vaccines yesterday. Residents 65 and older must call 850-983-INFO to make an appointment; there are no walk-in appointments available in any location. Be aware that call volume continues to be extremely heavy.
“Staff began taking calls again at 8 this morning and will continue to make tentative appointments as we have booked beyond the capacity of the vaccinations we have on hand,” said Public Safety Director Brad Baker. “We are booking until the end of the month and will pause until we have conformation of additional vaccines from the state.”
COVID Vaccine InformationThe COVID vaccine is available for anyone age 65 years and older, or healthcare workers who provide direct patient care and who are not associated with a hospital system. How to Register:
- For vaccine scheduling through through the end of the month, call 850-983-INFO (4636) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fill out a consent form online and print/bring with you or forms will be provided at the location.
- High call volumes are anticipated. Santa Rosa County has brought in extra staff to assist residents with calls.
- All the information you need regarding dates, times and locations will be provided to you during the registration process.
- More registration dates will be made available as more vaccines are received.
- Individuals under age 65 will not be vaccinated.
- Each individual receiving a vaccination is required to sign up for an appointment. Individuals without an appointment will not be vaccinated.
- Healthcare workers 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.
- If you have questions about whether or not you should receive the vaccine, contact your health care provider.
- 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.
- Santa Rosa County is receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine which is administered in two doses. You must receive your second vaccination 28 days after your appointment. The Florida Shot System will notify individuals when it is time for them to register for their second vaccination.
- Testing is still being offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mon., Wed., and Fri. at Milton Community Center, 5629 Byrom St. in Milton and on Tues. and Thurs. at Tiger Point Community Center, 1370 Tiger Park Lane in Gulf Breeze. Pre-registration is no longer required.
If you’re feeling nervous about getting an injection, try these tips to help you stay relaxed:
- Take deep breaths.
- Avoid looking at the syringe.
- Relax your muscles — this can make the shot less painful.
You may experience some temporary side effects including pain, redness or swelling at the injection site; fever, chills, tiredness; or headache or body pain. Take these steps to help you feel better:
- Place a cool, wet washcloth the injection site.
- If your arm is sore, try gently moving it around — that can help with pain and swelling.
- Contact your health care provider for follow-up care if needed.
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- Persons 65 years of age and older; and
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- Hospitals may vaccinate persons who they deem to be extremely vulnerable.
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