As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives, our office wants to provide to you important resources. Below you can find important information regarding the novel coronavirus, prevention, local resources, and more.
What is it?
COVID-19 virus is a novel coronavirus. This means it has not been previously seen in humans and is different than coronaviruses associated with the common cold and other mild illnesses. It was first identified in Wuhan, China in 2019, and according the CDC remains a serious public health concern.
For more information on symptoms and general virus information, please click here.
What to do if you’re sick
For more information on what to do if you have tested positive for COVID-19, or believe you are sick, please click here.
To stay up to date, I highly encourage you to visit some of the following websites for the latest information.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website has updated information on coronavirus symptoms, treatments, and frequently asked questions.
- The Florida Department of Health has up to date information on cases, testing, and vaccines for COVID-19 in Florida.
- The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs information about facility status and service information.
- The State Department has information for people who are traveling or plan to travel outside of the United States.
- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has information about resources for veterans.
- The U.S. Department of the Treasury has information about federal economic assistance.
- The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has information about tax relief and economic impact payments.
If you have any questions, please contact either my Washington, DC or Lakeland district office.
State and Local Resources
- Florida COVID-19
- Latest Updates from Governor
- Polk County
Department Number: (863) 519-7900
COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 at (866) 779-6121
- Hillsborough County
Department Number: (813) 307-8000 24hrs/day
COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 at (866) 779-6121
- Lake County
Department Number: (352)-589-6424
Citizen Information Line (COVID-19 Response) (352) 268-9299
City Resources by County
ALL PERSONS 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IN FLORIDA
As of Monday, April 5, all Florida residents are eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.
PERSONS AGES 16-17: The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. To download a copy of the form, click here.
To see the latest Executive Order related to vaccine eligibility, click here.
FDA & CDC LIFT RECOMMENDED PAUSE ON JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE
FDA and CDC lift recommended pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine use following thorough safety review. Click here to learn more.
State-Supported Vaccination Sites
Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting MyVaccine.FL.gov.
Individuals can call and pre-register by phone if they do not have Internet access. The complete list of numbers by county is available here and attached.
Get information on vaccination locations from Polk County here.
Get information on vaccination locations from Hillsborough County here.
Get information on vaccination locations from Lake County here.
The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program is a collaboration between the federal government, the state of Florida and pharmacy partners to increase access to COVID-19 vaccination statewide. Appointments at retail pharmacy locations must be made through the pharmacy’s website. Find appointment information at participating pharmacies below.
Federally-Supported Vaccination Sites
Federally-supported vaccination sites in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Miami are vaccinating educators of all ages, per the Department of Health and Human Services’ directive. Additionally, these sites are also vaccinating individuals who have been deemed extremely vulnerable by physicians, per Executive Order 21-47. Individuals who have been deemed extremely vulnerable need to present the Florida Department of Health form when they arrive to the sites. Individuals who have been deemed extremely vulnerable will NOT be able to receive a vaccine without this form. The form is available here.
These federally-supported hub and satellite sites are operating through a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Defense, the Florida Department of Health, Florida National Guard and Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Through a hub and spoke model, each group of one primary site and coordinating satellite sites will offer 4,000 vaccinations per day. All sites are walk-up sites. Each federally-supported site will have two satellite site locations that can administer up to 500 vaccines per day. Each site will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. These sites are walk-up locations. These sites will be first-come, first-served only and appointments will not be made for these sites. Each site will relocate every three to seven days to reach as many residents as possible. The satellite sites will return to previous locations to administer second doses. Additional information about the federally-supported vaccination sites is available here. The current satellite schedule is available here.
Places of Worship
The Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health continue to identify places of worship and other locations in underserved communities where the COVID-19 vaccine may be administered. The schedule can be found here.
(Source: Florida Executive Office of the Governor)
Florida Testing Sites:
Get information on testing sites in your area here. There are currently four different types of testing offered.
- A diagnostic test tells you if you have a current infection. Tests are sent to an outside lab, and results are available within several days. These tests are considered very accurate when properly performed by a healthcare professional.
- A rapid test is another type of diagnostic test that makes results available in minutes if analyzed onsite at a testing center. These tests may be less accurate and miss some cases.
- An antigen test is a newer test that detects certain proteins that are part of the virus and can produce results in minutes. A positive antigen test result is considered very accurate, but there’s an increased chance of false negative results — meaning it’s possible to be infected with the virus but have negative antigen test results. Depending on the situation, the doctor may recommend a molecular test to confirm a negative antigen test result.
- An antibody test might tell you if you had a past infection. An antibody test might not show if you have a current infection because it can take 1–3 weeks after infection for your body to make antibodies. Having antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19 might provide protection from getting infected with the virus again. If it does, it is unknown how much protection the antibodies might provide or how long this protection might last.
(Source: Florida COVID-19 Response)