Expanded access to the COVID-19 vaccine begins tomorrow, March 3.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis increased the eligibility this week to include the following groups of people:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
- Persons 65 years of age and older
- Persons under 65 deemed extremely vulnerable
- Healthcare 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
According to the Florida Department of Health website, a total of 3,034,636 people have received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida, as of 12:05 a.m., March 1. Of those individuals, 1,343,423 have received their first dose and 1,691,213 have completed the two-dose series.
Publix Pharmacies throughout Florida are administering COVID-19 vaccinations, including various locations in Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties.
Online registration to receive the vaccine at Publix re-opens at 7 a.m., Wednesday, March 3, at www.Publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida. Appointments begin Friday, March 5. Registration cannot be completed over the phone.
Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine do not have to be residents of the county where they receive the shot, but Florida residency is a must.
According to the Publix website, the state of Florida requires that those receiving their first vaccine dose provide proof of residency meeting criteria 1, 2 or 3 below.
- Valid Florida driver license issued by Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
- Valid Florida identification card issued by Florida State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
- If a customer cannot present #1 or #2, the customer can prove satisfactory Florida residency by presenting a copy of any two of the following items if they reflect a Florida residential address (Note: A P.O. box or commercial/business address is not sufficient and the second item must be from a different category than the first item):
- Category A: a deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet, OR residential rental or lease agreement
- Category B: a utility hookup or utility work order dated within 60 days before the date of vaccination
- Category C: a utility bill dated within two months of the date of vaccination
- Category D: mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
- Category E: mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, dated within two months of the date of vaccination
- Category F: proof of a Florida residential address for the individual’s parent, stepparent, legal guardian, or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides in Florida, PLUS a written statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.