COvid shot

The CDC, Florida Department of Health, and Gov. Ron DeSantis decided to move forward with a phased approach to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine. According to Executive Order 21-62, during this first phase of vaccine administration, all providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine will only vaccinate the following populations:

·  Long-term care facility residents and staff 

·  Persons 60 years of age and older 

·  Health care personnel with direct patient contact 

·  K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older 

·  Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older

·  Firefighters 50 years of age and older

·  People determined by their physicians to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. 

Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov or by calling 866-201-5420. 

Several major retailers, including Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn-Dixie and CVS, are offering the vaccine in select stores.

Individuals receiving a vaccine are required to bring:

·  COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form

·  Form of ID (driver's license, passport, healthcare badge, etc.)

·  Proof of Florida residency

·  Vaccine appointment card received during first dose appointment for second dose appointment.

Dose quantity/accessibility will determine appointment availability. 

DeSantis also announced that Florida has developed strike teams to vaccinate homebound seniors statewide. Seniors and/or their caregivers can sign up to receive a COVID 19 vaccine in their home by sending their request by email to: HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com

It will take time before the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available for mass dispensing, so residents should be patient.

The following COVID-19 testing sites are verified through Brevard County Emergency Management:

State-Supported Drive-Through Testing site:

·  No appointment required.

·  9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week

·  Eastern Florida State College, Palm Bay Campus at 250 Community College Parkway, Palm Bay 32909 (enter at San Filippo Drive SE at Manchester Circle)

·  “Express Lane” has been added for people with symptoms.

·  All ages with parental consent

·  ID not required but will speed up process.

·  Insurance information will be requested but not required; no copay or fee.

·  Rapid antigen tests with results in as soon as 15 minutes now available

Health First

We are offering free COVID-19 testing to the public and our associates. To schedule a testing appointment, please call the Scheduling Office at 321.434.3131.

Drive-Up Testing:

Health First Medical Group Gateway

1223 Gateway Drive

Melbourne, FL 32901

Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Testing is available by appointment only, a physician's lab order is required. These requirements will be waived for first responders.

Parrish Healthcare

·  Appointments required by calling 321-268-6139 or texting “covid test” to 321-204-1699 

·  Tuesdays through Saturdays at rotating sites in North Brevard.

·  No testing for children.

Department of Health in Brevard

Testing is no longer available. 

On March 14, some 109 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Brevard County. Brevard has had 34,994 reported cases and 781 deaths reported during the pandemic. There has been a total of 2,385 cases reported in zip code area 32940 and 2,045 in 32955. 

On March 16 there were 41 new cases reported.

Source: Florida Department of Health.