Baptist Health is not offering self-booked appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

We are now directly contacting individuals who may qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to schedule vaccination appointments, based on a very limited supply of vaccines.

Additionally, the state is offering residents a way to pre-register for the vaccine and save their place in line as vaccines become available, by visiting myvaccine.fl.gov. Anyone who has not yet received a vaccine is encouraged to register on this site.

What you need to know about 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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Updated on 2/22/21

 

About Baptist Health’s Vaccine Distribution

  • On December 23, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order limiting vaccination for the time being in Florida to long-term-care facility residents and staff, healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, seniors age 65 and older,” and other extremely vulnerable populations.

  • We continue to provide second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to those who have already received their first dose. We currently have a very limited supply of vaccines from the state, and are focused of vaccinating those who are under 65 with high-risk medical conditions, beginning with our cancer patients. Additionally, at this time, individuals who are under the age of 65 (and over the age of 18) and have three or more medical conditions that put them at higher risk of illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC, may be able to receive their COVID-19 vaccine with Baptist Health, based on vaccine availability. We are beginning by reaching out to individuals whose original appointments had to be canceled due to supply constraints, and are communicating with those individuals directly.

  • Baptist Health is not offering self-booked appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine.

    We are now directly contacting individuals who may qualify to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to schedule vaccination appointments, based on a very limited supply of vaccines.

    Additionally, the state is offering residents a way to pre-register for the vaccine and save their place in line as vaccines become available, by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov. Anyone who has not yet received a vaccine is encouraged to register on this site.

  • We are reaching out to patients who are under 65 with certain high-risk medical conditions and had previously scheduled appointments that were canceled due to supply constraints. We are reaching out directly to these individuals.

  • At this time, individuals who are under the age of 65 (and over the age of 18) and have three or more medical conditions that put them at higher risk of illness from COVID-19, according to the CDC, may be able to reschedule their COVID-19 vaccine appointments with Baptist Health, based on vaccine availability. We are communicating with those individuals directly. Individuals who qualify will receive a specific form that their physician should sign and return to Baptist Health to confirm that they meet the current criteria.

    Please know, our supply is extremely limited and dependent upon state allocation.

  • No. We are administering vaccines by appointment only.

  • To cancel an existing appointment, please click here.

  • Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to reschedule or change COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

  • No. Appointments are non-transferable and cannot be transferred to someone else. Your ID must match your appointment confirmation. If you need to cancel your appointment, please click here.

  • 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.

  • Individuals who would like to receive a vaccine should visit the state’s new website, myvaccine.fl.gov 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: