BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The age continues to drop for those “allowed” to receive COVID-19 shots. Palm Beach County’s official vaccination stations are available to those 60 and older, as well as those in several other categories. We note that Palm Beach County is following rules set by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. You may find other rules in place if you make an appointment at CVS, Walgreens, WalMart or Sam’s Club — all taking part in the Federal Pharmacy Program.
This is the official language from Palm Beach County, now in effect:
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has expanded COVID-19 vaccination appointment requests to adults 60 years and older and encourages all eligible individuals to complete the request form at the Health Care District’s website, http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org/ [vaccine.hcdpbc.org]. Those eligible to be vaccinated beginning Monday, March 15, 2021 per Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 21-62 include:
· Persons 60 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; and
· Persons deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 as determined by a physician who provides an attestation that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria outlined in this Department of Health form [ww11.doh.state.fl.us].
Those who submit appointment requests are asked to indicate in the “Reason for Appointment” box which of the above eligibility categories best applies. They are then placed in a virtual waiting room for scheduling on a first-come, first-serve basis. Depending on vaccine supply, eligible adults are being notified of an available appointment as quickly as a few days after submitting their online request.
All registrations must be completed electronically at http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org/ [vaccine.hcdpbc.org]. For those with no internet access, the Health Care District’s helpline at 561-804-4115 is available to assist in English, Spanish and Creole.
The Health Care District is operating three large-scale, appointment-only, walk-in vaccination sites at the South County Civic Center, west of Delray Beach, the Burns Road Community Center, in Palm Beach Gardens, and the South Florida Fairgrounds in suburban West Palm Beach. These sites are supported by Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, the City of Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue, United Way volunteers, Palm Beach County leadership and the Florida Department of Health for Palm Beach County.
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