The new eligibility rules are based on guidelines set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The Pfizer-produced COVID-19 vaccine is available to all individuals age 12 and up, while the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to all adults 18 or older. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian or complete a COVID-19 consent form to be eligible for vaccination. Forms are available online, HERE.
Are the current vaccines effective against the newfound COVID-19 variants?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently studying whether COVID-19 variants can resist the Pfizer-BioNTech- and Moderna-produced novel coronavirus vaccines. As of Feb. 28, more than 400 cases of the COVID-19 variant originating in the U.K. was confirmed in Florida, with at least five case in Volusia County, according to a Volusia County Department of Health spokesperson and CDC data. In total, at least one case of all three of the current COVID-19 variants have been identified across the state of Florida. Pharmaceutical companies have said they do not believe these variant will render the vaccines ineffective, but Moderna and others have said they are working on booster shots in the event that one is necessary.
Why are people from outside of the county receiving vaccinations at Volusia County clinics?
Events operated by the county are open to all Florida residents, as mandated by the state Department of Health.
How do I get my second shot?
Everyone who receives a first COVID-19 shot at a Volusia County event will receive an official CDC document with information about which vaccine they received, as well as the date when they will receive their next shot.
Any person receiving a first shot automatically receives a follow-up date to receive the second vaccine shot 28-29 days after the first at the same location. Second shots will be administered in closed events open only to those who have had the first shot.
A spokesperson for Volusia County told The Beacon anyone who received a first shot at a county event will receive an email three weeks after reminding them about their second shot, and information about when and where to receive it.
Volusia County Public Information network: https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/pin/
Florida Department of Health vaccination information:
State vaccination report (updated daily):