Updates to the COVID vaccine administration
Vaccine waitlist has transitioned to the state
Important changes have been made to the COVID 19 vaccination process. As of today, residents registered on the Santa Rosa County vaccine waitlist have been transitioned to the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM). FDEM has partnered with ShareCare Health Data Services to schedule vaccination appointments and register eligible residents. Residents who have registered on the county's waitlist do not need to call or email to confirm their registration.Santa Rosa County Public Safety remains in partnership with the Florida Department of Emergency Management, serving the residents of the county in a logistical role. The local department of health also remains a partner with the state and county in administration of the vaccines.
- Santa Rosa County residents 65 and older who have not already registered on the county's waitlist should call ShareCare's toll-free line for, 866-201-7100. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1035. This waitlist is for Santa Rosa County residents only at this time. The state will roll this same system out to other counties soon.
- An online link to register will be shared as soon as it is available.
- The ShareCare call line is an automated system. Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine their eligibility.
- Eligible residents of Santa Rosa County 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.
- 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.
- ShareCare operators will call to schedule second doses approximately one week before they are recommended.
- 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.
- Santa Rosa County has been administering the Moderna vaccine at public vaccination clinics.
Currently per the governor's executive order, 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. Additional Guidance:
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.
- No one under the age of 65 can receive a COVID 19 vaccine at any public vaccination clinic.
- Do not arrive early for the appointment. Residents who arrive early for an appointment will be asked to wait outside.
- Individuals who are under 65 and registered for the waitlist with Santa Rosa County were not transferred to the state waitlist. When the governor expands vaccinations to persons under 65, those individuals may then register through the state.
- Individuals who have had their first dose (and were not given an appointment for their second dose at the time of the first dose) will be contacted by the either the state through ShareCare, or the provider who administered the vaccine to arrange for the second dose. There is no need to call or email the provider to confirm.
- Employees or residents of assisted living facilities/long-term care facilities, should have received their vaccinations at their respective locations. Contact those facilities with any questions.
- All frontline healthcare workers who are eligible for the vaccination should have been notified by their administration. Contact that healthcare administration with any questions.
- Hospitals have the authority to vaccinate any patients they determine to be in need of the vaccine. Individuals who are not hospitalized but who feel they have serious underlying medical conditions should contact their primary care physicians regarding vaccination. Neither the local or state Department of Health nor Santa Rosa County staff can make determinations on underlying medical conditions.
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