Seminole County receives first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine by Moderna on December 22, 2020

From the Seminole County Newsroom

Late Tuesday morning, Seminole County and Florida Department of Health in Seminole County took receipt of 8,100 Moderna vaccines.

The swift timeline for vaccine dispensing begins Wednesday, December 23, with a dry-run of administering the vaccine to Seminole County’s priority group 1A, including healthcare workers providing direct frontline services, including COVID testing and treatment, County and municipal EMTs/paramedics, and Florida Department of Health staff. The County will administer vaccines in accordance with the State’s order of distribution for priority groups as outlined below, pending proof of residency or work address in Seminole County.

Seminole County is awaiting official written guidance regarding Governor Ron DeSantis’ announcement of a new order of priority this morning. Based on the Governor’s press conference at The Villages, the prioritized groups are now as follows:

Priority 1A:

Distribution begins December 23, 2020 to qualifying staff of County, municipal, and State agencies as outlined below, then expands to non-government healthcare providers as soon as January 4. 

  • Hospital workers providing direct services, including testing, treatment, other clinical services;
  • Residents / staff in long term care facilities;
    • Note: CVS and Walgreens have been contracted by the State to deploy to long term care facilities; vaccines administered will not be taken from the County’s allotment of 8,100 doses. In the event CVS and Walgreens need assistance, the County’s strike teams of medical staff are on stand-by to utilize the County’s available vaccines in these facilities.
  • EMTs/Paramedics providing direct services;
  • Florida Department of Health clinical staff; and
  • Non-hospital healthcare providers.

Priority 1B:

  • Residents 70 years and older.
    • Note: Elderly populations, aged 65+, were previously identified as group 1C. 

Priority 1C:

  • Law Enforcement;
  • 9-1-1 operators;
  • Non-clinical critical/public health workers.
    • Note: This group was previously priority group 1B. 

Registration to receive the vaccine at a County point-of-dispensing, or POD, will be made available in the coming week. Registration forms will be accompanied by a short questionnaire to ensure patients are eligible based on defined priority groups. Vaccines will be available to insured patients with no copay, and uninsured patients will also have no direct charge to receive the vaccine.

Text COVID19INFO to 888-777 to opt-in for alerts from Seminole County Emergency Management, including announcements POD registration.

Receipt date of vaccine boosters and additional doses is to be determined. The County is working closely with the State’s Division of Emergency Management to expedite vaccine distribution throughout the community.

Seminole County has prepared to receive the vaccine by developing dispensing plans, conducting gap analysis, acquiring logistics (including vaccine freezers), executing simulated points of distribution sites, facilitating workshops with private pharmacies and providers, working with law enforcement and community partners, training paramedics and more.

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