Vaccine Information & Testing locations

NEW: Beginning monday, april 5, all floridans age 18 and older will be ELIGIBLE to receive the covid-19 vaccine.

General Vaccine Information:

Three vaccines have been approved by the FDA for emergency use. Governor DeSantis has expanded the groups eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, and has announced he will follow President Biden's directive on teacher vaccinations.


In Florida, eligible recipients are long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 18 years of age and older, persons deemed medically vulnerable by a physician, health care personnel with direct patient contact, sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older and firefighters 50 years of age and older.


 PERSONS AGES 16-17:  The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. For more information about this program and the consent form please visit the Florida Department of Health Vaccine page here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines


The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to those who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed childcare providers, including center-based and family care providers. Federally there is no age limit on those who fit this criteria. Testing locations where teachers/education staff can be vaccinated at all ages include Publix, CVS, Walmart, Winn-Dixie, and the 4 designated Federal FEMA vaccination sites in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando, and Tampa. To clarify requirements it is best to call the site or visit the location's website. 


**At state-run vaccination sites those who work in pre-primary, primary and secondary schools, as well as Head Start and Early Head Start programs (including teachers, staff, and bus drivers) and those who work as or for licensed childcare providers, 50 years of age and older are eligible to be vaccinated. To clarify if the testing site you would like to visit has age restrictions for teachers and education staff or childcare professionals it is best to call directly or visit that distributors website. **


To find the latest information on vaccine distribution, visit the Florida Department of Health and its vaccine locator

NEW: Homebound Seniors initiative

The Governor announced Florida's a new program that allows homebound seniors to sign up to have the vaccine brought directly to them. Please email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com to put in your request. 

FOR THOSE 65 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER who have not yet scheduled a vaccine appointment

Florida Department of Health - Lee county, is working to schedule all pre-registered individuals 65 & older in Lee County, during the coming weeks at the Lee County site near Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW site). Pre-registered seniors will continue to be contacted by the state’s contracted vendor. Remember to answer unknown calls and texts that relate to the COVID-19 vaccine, as the state vendor continues to contact individuals. 

FDOH-Lee is asking for assistance from preregistered seniors. If you are 65 or older, are preregistered, and missed a phone call from an unknown number:

  • Email Lee-PIO@Flhealth.gov
  • Put in the email subject line: “Missed call”
  • Provide in the body of the email:
    – Name
    – Date of birth
    – Phone number you used to preregister

FDOH-Lee staff will match your information to the preregistered list for seniors. FDOH-Lee is doing this in tandem with the state vendor’s efforts to continue to place calls. The state asks that preregistered individuals continue to monitor their phones and respond.

Seniors who had previously preregistered but since have received their vaccination elsewhere are asked to remove themselves from the preregistration list by sending an email to Lee-PIO@Flhealth.gov and putting “Cancel reservation” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include name and date of birth.

For more information please visit: http://http://lee.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/wellness-programs/immunizations/covid19vaccinations.html

For preregistration information visit: https://myvaccine.fl.gov/#/

Proof of residency is required to receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the state of Florida.

A Public Health Advisory was issued providing guidance for Floridians and public health partners. Every entity in the state administering the vaccine is expected to follow this guidance pertaining to new first-dose vaccinations going forward.


To prove residency:

  • An adult 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.

Or 

  • An adult seasonal resident who cannot meet the requirements above may provide the department with a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:
  • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  • 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.
  • A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
  • A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
  • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old

You can view the governor's plan at: http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/vaccination-plan/vaccination_plan_latest.pdf.

STATEWIDE PRE-REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE

The State of Florida's Covid-19 schedule reservation support line can be reached at 866-200-3468 or (TTY) 855-665-6608. The help line can be reached at 888-499-0851. Complete vaccination statistics are available at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.


The United Way 2-1-1 hotline remains available for general questions about the vaccination rollout. The hotline is not able to help make reservations or handle pre-registration. Residents are asked to refrain from calling United Way with specific questions for the reservation vendor. Individuals who qualify can now pre-register for vaccine appointments and will be notified when appointments are available by visiting www.myvaccine.fl.gov


Please be patient and follow our social media channels and website for additional updates.

FOR THOSE WITH A REGISTRATION TO A VACCINE SITE

Upon arrival, officials will request ID showing proof of age and residency before allowing them to proceed through the process. People are asked arrive no more than 45 minutes before their assigned vaccination time. Even though this is an appointment system, processing times may vary. Be prepared for some wait time. 


Those with reservations can expedite the registration process can be prepared by visiting https://www.leegov.com/vaccine to read the Moderna vaccination information and to download, print and complete the consent form. 

 

City staff continues to monitor new developments with CDC guidance and the vaccination strategy. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.


The COVID-19 vaccination site located at Chamberlin Parkway, will be relocated to the former Sears at the Edison Mall beginning the week of April 12. Existing appointments at the RSW site are not affected. Vaccinations will continue to be administered at RSW this week and next week.

VACCINE FAQ's

For more complete information visit the Moderna vaccine FAQ page here. Common questions from residents include: 


When do I need the second dose, and where can I go to get it?

The Lee county state-run vaccination sites are currently only offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The second dose of Moderna should be administered 28 days after the initial dose. Florida Department of Health Lee County division will continue to administer vaccines in community-based settings by appointment. When your vaccine is administered, you will be provided with a reminder card that documents your vaccination including the type (Moderna) and the date you received your vaccine. It will also document the date you are due for your next dose. For assistance call Moderna Customer Care at 1-866-MODERNA (1-866-663-3762), or the United Way Lee County help line at 211, and indicate you have a COVID-19 vaccine question. 

If I get Moderna, can I get Pfizer for my second dose?

No, you cannot mix manufacturers. If your first dose is Moderna, your second dose must be Moderna. Lee County is currently only offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. As the number of doses provided to Lee County from the Department of Health increases, this may change. Take note of the vaccine you receive and make sure the second dose received is the same manufacturer. 

Second dose vaccine information

People with second-dose appointments will need to bring two items to their appointments:

·         A government-issued ID. 

·        The COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card received when the first shot was administered. If you have lost your card, staff on site can look up the information. 

Questions can be directed to the Tidal Basin Help Line at 888-499-0851.

When you've been fully vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick. Based on what we know about COVID-19 vaccines, people who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions in public places like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces until we know more.

People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna vaccines) and two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine). 

If it has been less than two weeks since your shot, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention steps until you are fully vaccinated.

What's changed if you've been fully vaccinated - updated March 8, 2021

  • If you've been fully vaccinated, you can gather indoors with fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.
  • You can gather indoors with unvaccinated people from one other household (for example, visiting with relatives who all live together) without masks, unless any of those people or anyone they live with has an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • If you've been around someone who has COVID-19, you do not need to stay away from others or get tested unless you have symptoms. However if you live in a group setting (like a correctional or detention facility or group home) and are around someone who has COVID-19, you should still stay away from others for 14 days and get tested, even if you don't have symptoms. For more information about changes visit the CDC site here: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019/fully-vaccinated.html

Testing Sites:  All state and county- run test sites are free and open to the public. 

Lee County Department of Health located at 3920 Michigan Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33916

Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Walk-up and drive-up testing is available by appointment at the Lee County Department of Health main office, located at 3920 Michigan Avenue. 

  • Call 239-332-9501 for an appointment. 

CenturyLink Sports Complex, 14100 Ben C. Pratt/Six-Mile Cypress Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33912

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, 7 days a week. Last car to be admitted into the gate at 3:00 pm.

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 This site is now a walk-up site and will begin offering rapid-results antigen tests.

  • The rapid-results antigen tests will be given at no cost to individuals of any age
  •  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily at the site
  •  Located at 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers. 
  • No appointment is necessary but pre-registration is recommended, and number of spots available is shown at the website of the state’s vendor, Curative - http://curative.com/search
  • A government-issued ID is required.
  • Curative will provide results within one hour. Curative will communicate via text or email; individuals will not need to remain on site after their tests.
  • Individuals getting a test will park in a designated area and walk to testing stations set up on the property. Accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. 
  • The primary test provided will now be the BinaxNOW rapid test. PCR tests still are available in certain scenarios and upon request. Antibody testing is no longer offered at this location.

Note: These two collection sites below (Page Field and Chester Street) require a doctors order and are not drive-thru services, individuals may incur a cost based on insurance:

Lee Convenient Care - Page Field, 4771 S Cleveland Ave Fort Myers, FL 33907

  • Open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
  • Patients require a doctor’s order and an appointment to have their sample collected for testing at these locations.There is a fee for this service. For patients with insurance, laboratory charges will be submitted to the patient’s insurance company and then a bill will be sent with a remaining balance that the insurance did not cover. For patients without insurance, there is an $87 out-of-pocket cost. To make an appointment, call 239-343-9800.

The Cape Coral mobile collection site at the Chester Street Resource Center 

  • Open Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Patients require a doctor’s order and an appointment to have their sample collected for testing at these locations.There is a fee for this service. For patients with insurance, laboratory charges will be submitted to the patient’s insurance company and then a bill will be sent with a remaining balance that the insurance did not cover. For patients without insurance, there is an $87 out-of-pocket cost. To make an appointment, call 239-343-9800.

Requirements:

  • Patients who want to get tested must have an order from their physician. 
  • Patients must meet specific process requirements. 
  • Patients must then call 239-343-9800 to schedule an appointment.
  • Patients will not be allowed to drive up without an order. 
  • Lee Health will provide educational materials on-site.
  • For more information visit: Lee Health Mobile testing sites here.

All Publix locations in Florida offer the COVID-19 Vaccine. 

Vaccinations are provided by appointment only, while supplies last, through the online reservation system at publix.com/covidvaccine. Locations may receive different quantities or have varied availability, check local locations and website for details. 

Appointments cannot be made by calling Publix or the Publix Pharmacy. 

According to Publix officials, the reservation system typically opens every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.

How do vaccines work?

How COVID-19 Vaccines Work

To pre-register or find vaccination sites visit: myvaccine.fl.gov