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:
· 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
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.
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.
· 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.