COVID-19 Virus

Covid-19 Updates

For the latest information on COVID-19 please refer to the Center for Disease Control for information at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Where to get the vaccine:

CDC approves Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5+:

The CDC has now approved a lower dose Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 and older. The vaccine is currently being made available at pediatricians’ offices, local pharmacies and Florida Dept. of Health locations. Check for availability. For more information, see the CDC’s recommendation.

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot Expanded Availability

The CDC recommends that people in the following groups should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine at least 6 months after completion of their 2-dose Pfizer series:

People who may receive a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine booster include: 

  • People ages 18–49 with an underlying medical condition
  • People ages 18–64 who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission due to working or residing in certain settings

People can talk to their healthcare provider about whether getting a Pfizer booster shot is appropriate for them.

The booster is available for free at retail pharmacies, even if you were vaccinated at a county-run site. Take your vaccine card with you to your third dose appointment. The new guidance applies only for those who got the Pfizer vaccine.

Those who are immunocompromised may also get a third dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna (mRNA) vaccine.

Take your vaccine card with you to your third dose appointment.

See full CDC release on vaccine boosters.

Update (8/23/21) - The FDA has announced full approval for Pfizer vaccine for ages 16+. Learn more.

Sign up for a free vaccine with a participating pharmacy or other community site (see list of distribution sites below). The vaccine is completely free of charge for everyone.

Important Reminder: Stay safe until your vaccine reaches full effectiveness:

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines take up to 2 weeks after the 2nd dose for full effectiveness; 1-dose Johnson & Johnson can take up to 28 days.
  • All three vaccines are highly effective at preventing life-threatening illness, but they do not offer 100% protection from catching or spreading COVID-19; no vaccine gives 100% protection.
  • While the virus continues to spread, mask-wearing and social distancing are still important safety protocols.