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Boca Raton Regional Hospital Says Not COVID Vaccine Site

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Hospital Sends Urgent Message Sunday Morning. Not Offering COVID Shots.


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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Boca Raton Regional Hospital is sending an urgent message Sunday morning: it is NOT a COVID-19 vaccine site. We are republishing the entire message transmitted at 10 a.m. Sunday, January 10, 2021:

At this time, Boca Regional is NOT a community vaccination site. Online appointments are available only at the Hilton Miami Dadeland. Baptist Health South will be adding more community vaccination sites across its service area in the coming days, as supply allows, Boca Raton Regional Hospital location will be approximately another week before it is able to open. Please refer to: to find available appointments.

When will Boca Raton Regional Hospital become a community vaccination site?

Currently, we don’t have an exact date of when we will be able to offer  broad-based vaccinations. We anticipate being able to offer this to the community soon.

Where can I find additional vaccine distribution and COVID-19 information in my county?
Please see information by county below:

Which vaccines is Baptist Health administering? 

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.

Who is eligible to receive the vaccine?

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.

At Baptist Health, we are currently administering the vaccine to eligible frontline healthcare personnel and employees, prioritizing those who work in areas with the most exposure risk; as well as to individuals age 65 or above or those with extreme vulnerabilities that put them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19. See below for criteria.

Appointments may be made on our website: 

Is Baptist Health providing the vaccine to the community?

Yes, but please note that Boca Raton Regional Hospital is not a community vaccination site. We are only offering the vaccine at the Hilton Miami Dadeland to individuals age 65 and older and those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19, by appointment only.

Appointments may be made on our website:

If there is no appointment available on our website, please continue to check the site regularly. Additional appointment slots will be added as we receive additional doses of the vaccine.  

What are the risk factors that would make me eligible to receive the vaccine?

Adults of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19. Severe illness from COVID-19 is defined as hospitalization, admission to the ICU, intubation or mechanical ventilation, or death. Adults of any age with the following conditions are at increased risk of severe illness from the virus that causes COVID-19:

• Cancer

• Chronic kidney disease

• COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

• Down Syndrome

• Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies

• Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

• Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)

• Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)

• Sickle cell disease

• Type 2 diabetes mellitus

There are no appointments available on your website. What do I do?

Please continue to check the site regularly. Appointments will be added as we receive additional vaccine supplies.

Can I go to the vaccination site without an appointment?
No. We are administering vaccines by appointment only.

Is there a cost for the COVID-19 vaccine?
At this time, the government is covering the cost of the vaccine so there is no cost to the patient/recipient.

How do I get an appointment for my second dose?

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.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

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

How many doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are required?
The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine requires two doses, administered 21 days apart.
The Moderna vaccine requires two doses, administered 28 days apart.

After my first vaccine, can I get a second vaccine from a different manufacturer?
 No. You should complete your series of vaccines with the same product


Paul Saperstein


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