On Monday, March 1, Governor Ron DeSantis issued executive order 21-47, which expands eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines. To view the order in its entirety, visit www.flgov.com/2021-executive-orders/.
Per the order, effective today, March 3, the following groups are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine:
The state registration system, which is used for appointments at the Volusia County Fairgrounds, will schedule individuals based upon the updated criteria.
Individuals who meet the above criteria may preregister for a vaccine appointment at the Volusia County Fairgrounds at myvaccine.fl.gov or 866-201-7314. Once preregistered, individuals will receive a call when vaccine appointments become available. Upon arrival, individuals must provide proof of Florida residency, a state-issued ID and, for those who qualify based on employment, proof of said employment through a work ID or pay stub.
Questions regarding preregistration and appointments should be directed to the state’s helpline at 833-540-2077.
For the latest information regarding COVID-19 in Volusia County, visit Volusia.org/coronavirus.
Per the public health advisory issued by State Surgeon General Scott Rivkees COVID-19 vaccine sites hosted by the County of Volusia and Florida Department of Health in Volusia County will require proof of Florida state residency.
During the registration process, individuals must self-certify that they are both 65 years of age or older and a resident of the state. Upon check-in at an event, individuals must be able to provide proof of residency consistent with criteria set forth in Florida Statute 381.986(5)(b).
Daytona Beach VA Clinic offers COVID-19 Vaccine
The Daytona Beach VA Multispecialty Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 515 National Health Care Dr. is distributing COVID-19 vaccines to certain veterans based on CDC and Veterans Health Administration guidelines. Veterans must be enrolled and eligible for VA health care benefits and be a patient at the Daytona Beach clinic. There is no cost to get the vaccine.
Veterans eligible for the vaccine are:
Veterans aged 75 years and older
Eligible, enrolled Veterans that receive care at the VA aged 18 and older and are employed as fire fighters, police officers, corrections officers, food and agricultural workers, United States Postal Service workers, manufacturing workers, grocery store workers, public transit workers, and those who work in the educational sector (teachers, support staff, and daycare workers)and who have not yet received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine are eligible to receive the vaccine at no cost. Please bring identification or documentation that you are employed in one of these categories.
To receive the vaccine, appointments must be made by calling (407) 631-0499 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday or leave a voicemail during non-business hours and the call will be returned.
The vaccines are offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the last appointment at 3 p.m. The vaccines are offered in conference room 182.
As vaccine supply increases, the VA will notify additional groups of veterans who are eligible to receive the vaccine at VA. Veterans may also visit https://www.orlando.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp for information and updates.
Local Publix pharmacies offering COVID-19 vaccines
Local Publix pharamacies are now offering COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, residents and staff in long-term healthcare facilities, and persons 65 years of age and older. All vaccinations by Publix at their select locations are by appointment only. For a list of participating locations and to make an appointment, visit www.publix.com/covid-vaccine.
For the latest information on COVID-19 vaccination events organized by the County of Volusia and DOH-Volusia, please follow the local news, and check this website, along with the Volusia County Emergency Management Facebook and Twitter pages. Individuals can also text "VolusiaReady" to 99411 to sign up for CodeRED to get updates on COVID-19 vaccinations in Volusia County.
We also encourage you to download the free Emergency Management app available on both the Google Play and App Store, and be sure to turn on push notifications. All news releases are published on the app, and if the notifications are turned on, the user will receive a notification each time a release is posted.
FDEM testing is available at the City Gym, 1000 Live Oak St., New Smyrna Beach. The site is located behind the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library and is clearly marked with signage. The new site offers self-swab PCR testing and rapid antigen testing and operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week.
Appointments are not required, but pre-registering does expedite the process; pre-register at bit.ly/C19rapidtest. There is no age requirement for self-swab PCR or rapid antigen testing. Identification is no longer required but does expedite the process. The site now requests insurance information from insured individuals, but patients will not be billed any copay or coinsurance, and those without insurance will be tested free of charge.
Rapid Antigen testing results are expected within 15 minutes. Individuals will be encouraged to first get a rapid test, and consider a PCR test if their results are negative but they are symptomatic. PCR testing results are expected within 2 - 5 days.