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COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

Vaccine distribution is handled by the State of Florida and is not a City of Lakeland initiative.

Most Recent Update: April 6, 2021
Vaccine Eligibility

For updates about the vaccine and distribution from Governor Ron DeSantis, text FLCOVID19 to 888777.

Vaccine Eligibility/Updates

Beginning Monday, April 5, all individuals 18 years of age and older and individuals 16-17 years of age with parent/guardian consent are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccination.

In order for an individual aged 16-17 years old to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, a parent or guardian must:

  • Schedule the vaccine appointment.
  • Complete the electronic consent forms sent to you prior to your appointment. If the consent forms are not signed prior to the appointment, consent will be provided at the vaccination appointment location.
  • Accompany the minor to the site.

The Pfizer vaccine is available for individuals over the age of 16. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are only available for those over the age of 18.

Pre-Registration for 18+:

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County continues to encourage individuals 18 years of age and older who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccine to register through Polk County’s vaccination portal.

Individuals may also call Polk County’s COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 863.298.7500 for assistance in registering through the vaccine portal.

Screenshot of myvaccine.fl.gov website; follow link for registration info

Who's Elibigle? 
State of Florida Preregistration for COVID-19 Vaccine

Who is eligible?
As of April 5, 2021, the following groups are eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine;

  • Individuals 18+ Years of Age
  • Individuals 16-17 Years of Age with Parent/Guardian Consent
  • Long-Term Care Facility Residents & Staff* 
  • Healthcare Personnel with Direct Patient Contact
  • Individuals Deemed Extremely Vulnerable to COVID-19*

State Registration Number: 866.201.7132

Online Vaccine Registration - Polk County

Polk County has launched an online portal for people ages 65+ to register for the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available. 

You must be able to provide proof of Florida residency at the time of your vaccination.

Polk County Vaccine Hotline: 863.298.7500
Open for seniors ages 65+, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Not yet available in Lakeland as of 3.11.2021.

Vaccine Rollout - Polk County

From the Florida Department of Health and Polk County: FDOH-Polk launched a COVID-19 vaccine hotline on Friday, January 8th at 8 a.m.  The phone line, 863.298.7500, will be manned for the foreseeable future by staff from both the Florida Department of Health and Polk County Board of County Commissioners from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Employees staffing the hotline will register residents 65 years of age and older for a limited number of vaccine appointments scheduled for next week. Once those initial appointments are filled, callers 65 years old and older can be placed on a registration list for a future vaccine appointment, as additional vaccine becomes available. Those who are eligible for the vaccine, 65 years old and older, may call the line to provide their information and ask questions of staff. The Department of Health is following Gov. Ron DeSantis’ protocol of putting seniors as a top priority for the initial rounds of vaccinations. The Health Department received its first weekly allotment of vaccines on December 28, 2020.

Tier Levels

Tier Levels from the CDC - Click link to CDC Website for accessible version

Who can get vaccinated? Updated March 3, 2021

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care 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

As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes available to each state, there is a priority list of who receives the vaccines first. Priority is based on the Tier Level system developed by the CDC, COVID Task Force, and the President.  The first vaccines are on a pilot-specific plan, whereas only five hospitals and several assisted living facilities are receiving the shots.

The time period of when the vaccine is available to the tier groups is unknown and will be released by the CDC as the vaccines are provided.

Governor DeSantis' Executive Order: Vaccine Administration (3/3/2021)

Tier levels are as follows, and there are phases to the delivery of the vaccine, depending upon the availability of quantity in vaccines, the below is subject to change:

Table 1 (CDC.gov): Category, vaccination population groups, estimated number in population group, and tiers for low, moderate, and high/very high pandemic severity. Click here for Accessible version(s).