Currently, all of our COVID-19 vaccination appointment slots have been filled and we are not taking any new appointments at this time. Additional appointment times will become available as we receive additional vaccines.

Who is eligible for vaccination?

Community vaccination appointments are available to all Floridians, as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

Baptist Health is offering appointments to individuals who are 16 years and older*.

*Individuals age 16-17 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to provide consent. See additional information on documentation requirements in our frequently asked questions below.

Why should you say yes to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Why should you say yes to the COVID-19 Vaccine?

Vaccines are crucial to fighting deadly infectious diseases. While these vaccines are being developed as quickly as possible, routine processes and procedures remain in place to ensure the safety of any vaccine that is authorized or approved for use. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help stop the pandemic.


Say Yes to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Let’s bring back the hugs. Let’s bring back the smiles. Let’s come together as a community and put an end to this pandemic.

"Yes to trusting science and not being afraid."

Katie Acquino, D.O., Medical Director

“Yes to setting an example for my team."

Larissa Vega, R.N.

"Yes to being able to hug my kids."

Duxson Michel, R.N., Patient Care Supervisor

"Yes to stopping the devastation that Covid-19 causes."

Yvonne Johnson, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

"Yes because it’s the best way for us to move forward."

Michael Swartzon, M.D., Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

"Yes to protecting my patients."

Christine Cummings, R.N.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on March 31, 2021

About Baptist Health’s Vaccine Distribution

  • Effective on April 5, 2021, all Floridians are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • We currently have a limited supply of vaccines from the state and are pleased to be able to continue to support vaccination efforts by offering COVID-19 vaccine appointments to Florida residents who meet the state of Florida’s criteria for vaccination, based on vaccine availability.

    Baptist Health is offering COVID-19 vaccines to individuals who are 16 years and older.

    Please note, individuals age 16-17 must present a photo ID (such as a drivers license, passport or school-issued ID). A parent or legal guardian with proof of Florida residency must be present.

  • Proof of Florida residency is required. To show proof of Florida residency, at your appointment, you will be required to present either (1) a Florida-issued ID (such as a driver’s license) or (2) a government-issued ID along with two documents that prove you reside in Florida. In accordance with the state of Florida, the following documentation is accepted as proof of residency (two required):

    • A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
    • One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
    • A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
    • A utility bill, not more than 2 months old.
    • Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings, or investment account statements, not more than 2 months old.
    • Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than 2 months old.
    • Any other documentation that provides proof of residential address as determined by department (Florida Department of Health) rule.

    Individuals age 16-17 must present a photo ID (such as a drivers license, passport or school-issued ID). A parent or guardian with proof of Florida residency must be present.

  • Appointments will be posted on our website ( as supply allows.

    If there are no available appointments, please check the site frequently as new appointments will be posted based on available vaccine supply.

    We will post appointment availability on Twitter and on our Instagram Stories. Follow @BaptistHealthSF to learn more.

  • No. We are administering vaccines by appointment only.

  • To cancel an existing appointment, please refer to the email you received to confirm your appointment, and follow the prompts.

  • Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to reschedule or change COVID-19 vaccine appointments. If you are unable to come in for your appointment, we ask that you kindly cancel it.

  • No. Appointments are non-transferable and cannot be transferred to someone else. Your ID must match your appointment confirmation.

  • Baptist Health is administering the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. We do not offer a choice of vaccines. We administer as supplied by the state.

  • At this time, the government is covering the cost of the vaccine so there is no cost to the patient/recipient.

  • During your appointment for your first dose, you will receive your appointment to receive your second dose. You do not need to go online again to schedule your appointment for your second dose.

  • No. The vaccine that is provided will depend on our supply.

    The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is available to individuals 16 and older. The Moderna vaccine is available to individuals 18 and older.

  • Individuals who would like to receive a vaccine should visit the state’s new website, to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine and save their place in line.

    Please see information by county below.

About the COVID-19 Vaccine

  • Studies have shown the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to be 95 and 94.1 percent effective, respectively.

  • The Pfizer vaccine requires two doses, administered 21 days apart.

    The Moderna vaccine requires two doses, administered 28 days apart.

  • No. You should complete the series of vaccines with the same product.

  • Let’s start with the similarities. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are made of laboratory manifested agent called mRNA that causes the body to make a substance to which your body’s immune system responds; both vaccines require two doses for the highest immunity; and both vaccines have proven to be extremely safe and effective in trials.

    The main difference is that the Moderna vaccine requires 28 days between the two doses, while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires 21 days between doses. In addition, the Moderna vaccine can be stored in normal freezers, unlike the Pfizer vaccine, making it more accessible outside of hospitals.

    For more information from the FDA on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, click here.

    For more information from the FDA on the Moderna vaccine, click here.

  • Because there is currently no cure for COVID-19, prevention is our best strategy. The development of COVID-19 vaccines is an important step in helping minimize the effects of this potentially deadly virus. Vaccines work by training your immune system to recognize and fight off the viruses and bacteria they target. By triggering an immune system response to a virus through a vaccine, your body is better equipped to destroy these disease-causing microbes in the future should you be exposed to COVID-19.

  • Yes. Although mask wearing and social distancing are important to limit exposure to COVID-19, the vaccine will help protect you from serious illness if you become infected. The combination of getting vaccinated and following guidelines, such as mask wearing and social distancing, offer the best protection for you and can help prevent spread to others.

  • No. Unlike traditional vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are messenger RNA vaccines –– also called mRNA vaccines. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein –– or even just a piece of a protein –– that triggers an immune response inside our bodies. That immune response, which produces antibodies, is what protects us if the real virus enters our bodies.

  • Yes. No vaccine is 100 percent effective, and the CDC recommends that everyone continues using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, such as covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, staying at least six feet away from others, following CDC travel guidance, following quarantine guidance after an exposure to someone with COVID-19, and following any applicable workplace or school guidance. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC’s recommendations on how to protect yourself and others, offers the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19.

    Experts need to understand more about the protection from being contagious that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. We know it significantly reduces symptomatic and severe disease, but not whether it completely protects from infecting others. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

  • Yes. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine if you’ve had the virus. We do not currently have enough information to determine if, or for how long, someone is protected after infection (through natural immunity) from getting COVID-19 again. Therefore, the vaccine may offer additional protection.

    Please note that if you’ve had COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy or COVID-19 convalescent plasma, you should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until at least 90 days following treatment.

  • If you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine in relation to children, the elderly, people who are immunocompromised, and those with a significant history of allergic reactions, please consult your doctor. If you have had an immediate allergic reaction—even if the reaction was not severe—to a vaccine or injectable therapy for another disease, ask your doctor if you should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Please also note the waiting period for the following scenarios:

    • If you’ve had COVID-19 monoclonal antibody therapy or COVID-19 convalescent plasma, you should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until at least 90 days following treatment.
    • You should not receive the COVID-19 vaccine until at least 14 days following any other vaccinations, such as those for the flu or measles.

  • If you aren’t feeling well, it is recommended that you wait until you’re feeling better to get the vaccine.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine is voluntary. You’re encouraged to educate yourself so you can make an informed decision that is right for you.

  • The COVID-19 vaccine does not take the place of any other vaccination. In our current environment, it is extremely important to do as much as possible to stay healthy, including getting the flu vaccine and any others recommended by your healthcare provider to prevent the spread of illness.

  • It is unknown at this time how long immunity will last; ongoing studies will help determine if repeat vaccination is needed, and if it is, how often we may need a booster. Therefore, after vaccination you will still need to wear a mask and social distance until further notice. Factors such as how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities will help determine when we may be able to stop taking these extra precautions.

  • For more information from the FDA on the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, click here.

    For more information from the FDA on the Moderna vaccine, click here.

  • Side effects are a normal sign that your body is building protection. Some people may experience more symptoms with the COVID-19 vaccine compared to other vaccinations, such as the flu shot. The second or booster dose can produce symptoms more severe than experienced with the first dose. The most common side effect is muscle soreness or aching in the arm, which will resolve without treatment. Other common side effects after vaccination may include:

    • Swelling or redness where the vaccine was administered
    • Muscle and joint achiness elsewhere
    • Low-grade fever
    • Chills
    • Fatigue
    • Headache

    These side effects are expected and not serious. They will resolve with time. If you are experiencing symptoms more serious than those described, or fever continues for more than two days, contact your doctor or seek care at the nearest emergency department. Make sure you notify the vaccine administrator of these symptoms prior to your second vaccine shot.

  • No. None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the U.S., including the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, use the live virus that causes COVID-19. After receiving the vaccine, you may experience symptoms such as arm pain, low-grade fever, chills or fatigue. This is normal and symptoms will resolve without treatment.

  • The CDC has developed a free, new, smartphone-based tool, called v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase their ability to quickly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. It uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after people receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

  • If you have been positive for COVID-19 and/or are not currently in the isolation period, you may wait 90 days after infection to take the COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC suggests reinfection is uncommon in the 90 days after initial infection, and thus persons with documented acute infection in the preceding 90 days may defer vaccination until the end of this period, if desired.

  • During this public health emergency, the FDA may issue an EUA to allow unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat or prevent COVID-19 when there are not adequate, approved and available alternatives.

    This product has not been approved or licensed by FDA, but has been authorized for emergency use by FDA, under an EUA to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of the medical product under Section 564(b)(1) of the FD&C Act unless the declaration is terminated or authorization revoked sooner.

    In determining whether to issue an EUA for a product, the FDA evaluates the available evidence and assesses any known or potential risks and any known or potential benefits, and if the benefit-risk assessment is favorable, the product is made available during the emergency.

    The EUA requires that fact sheets that provide important information, including dosing instructions and information about the benefits and risks for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, be made available to vaccine providers and recipients.

    Those documents for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are as follows:

    These documents for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are as follows: