COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccinating a significant percentage of West Central Florida’s population is key to helping our region rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic. BayCare is pleased to see that vaccine access has grown significantly across all our communities, with multiple public and private providers.

Still not vaccinated? Look below for links to providers in your area and for frequently asked questions about the vaccine. Please talk to your provider if you have any additional questions.

  • Benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine

    Vaccines have long been a tool to help mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. Vaccines help the body produce antibodies that can fight off a specific disease and has two benefits: It helps prevent people from getting infected and, therefore, it can also help reduce the spread of the disease. According to scientific data, the COVID-19 vaccine can help prevent serious complications from the virus, hospitalizations and even death.

  • Types of COVID-19 vaccines

    There are several vaccines that have been approved from emergency use authorization by the FDA that are widely available in the U.S. and around the world.

    The vaccine developed by Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE has received full approval by the FDA. This vaccine, which shows to be more than 95 percent effective, may help prevent people 12 years old and older from getting seriously ill and hospitalized. Patients receive two doses of this vaccine 21 days apart.

    The vaccine developed by Moderna Inc. has received emergency use authorization by the FDA. This vaccine, which is about 95 percent effective, can reduce infections among asymptomatic individuals and could potentially help prevent the spread of the virus from person to person. The Moderna vaccine is given to patients 18 years old and older in two different doses 28 days apart.

    The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is the third to receive emergency use authorization by the FDA. This vaccine was found to be 66 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 illness and was also highly effective in preventing hospitalization and death in those who did get sick after exposure to the virus. According to the CDC, women younger than 50 years old should especially be aware of the rare risk of blood clots with low platelets after vaccination. This vaccine is administered to individuals 18 years old and older as a single injection.

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  • Is the vaccine safe?

    While scientists around the world have raced against time to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the FDA’s rigorous review classifies them as safe and effective. The vaccines have shown promising results and no major side effects. To help track any issues, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed several tracking tools for people to share any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Is BayCare providing vaccines?

    BayCare is proud to have supported vaccination efforts in West Central Florida for health care workers, the medically vulnerable and our patients for several months. As of May 1, 2021, BayCare is pausing its first-dose vaccine scheduling due to the broad access across our region from public and private providers. BayCare encourages anyone still seeking a vaccine to scroll down this page to find providers offering the vaccine in our communities.

  • How many doses do you need?

    Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses, three to four weeks apart. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires just a single dose.

  • Who should not get the vaccine?

    Vaccines have shown to be safe for people who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals with a history of severe allergic reactions to vaccines should check with their physician before getting the vaccine.

  • What are the side effects?

    After the COVID-19 vaccination, some people have reported side effects that went away after a few days. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection. The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may include redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever, fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills and joint pain.

  • Can you get COVID-19 from the vaccine?

    COVID-19 vaccines will not give people COVID-19. The vaccine protects the human body from getting infected. It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity after vaccination.

  • Does the vaccine have a cost?

    According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines will be given to every American at no cost. However, providers who administer the vaccine will be able to charge an administration fee for giving the shot to someone. Vaccine providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s insurance or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

  • Should I stop my safety precautions?

    While vaccinations have started, people need to continue to practice safety measures.

COVID-19 Vaccine Options

Other COVID-19 vaccine options are provided throughout the area. For the most accurate information concerning other vaccine options and registration requirements, please select from the following:

Other Vaccine Resources


Coronavirus News and Updates

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