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DOH Alachua COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing Notice 

The Florida Department of Health in Alachua County is offering COVID-19 testing to those who are currently symptomatic.

Due to high demand, COVID-19 testing at the Alachua County Health Department is by appointment ONLY and exclusively for those who are ill (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to be tested, please call (352) 334-8810 to make an appointment.

If you need a COVID-19 test for travel purposes, please call the Alachua County Health Department's Foreign Travel appointment line at (352) 334-7910.

COVID-19 Vaccine Notice 



At this current time, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County has COVID-19 vaccinations for those 5 years of age and older, including the BIVALENT booster.

Vaccinations for any of the COVID-19 doses are available at the East Gainesville Clinic-Main Headquarters at 224 SE 24th ST, Gainesville without an appointment. This location is open Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm, except on state observed holidays.

Our SW and City of Alachua Clinics offer COVID-19 1st, 2nd, and booster vaccine and require an appointment.

CDC recommends everyone stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, including all primary series doses and boosters for their age group:

People ages 6 months through 4 years should get all COVID-19 primary series doses.

People ages 5 years and older should get all primary series doses, and the booster dose recommended for them by CDC, if eligible.

People ages 5 years to 11 years are currently recommended to get the original (monovalent) booster.

People ages 12 years and older are recommended to receive one updated Pfizer or Moderna (bivalent) booster.

This includes people who have received all primary series doses and people who have previously received one or more original (monovalent) boosters.

At this time, people aged 12 years to 17 years can only receive the updated Pfizer bivalent booster.

Getting a COVID-19 vaccine after you recover from COVID-19 infection provides added protection against COVID-19.

People who are moderately or severely immunocompromised have different recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, including boosters.

COVID-19 vaccine and booster recommendations may be updated as CDC continues to monitor th elatest data.


For statewide information regarding COVID-19 please visit:

How to report any side effects after getting your COVID-19 vaccine:

V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Through v-safe, you can quickly tell CDC if you have any side effects after getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Depending on your answers to the web surveys, someone from CDC may call to check on you and get more information.

Note: V-safe cannot schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments, nor serve as an official record of being vaccinated against COVID-19. V-safe does not provide medical advice. If you have symptoms or health problems that concern you at any time following COVID-19 vaccination, please contact your healthcare provider. In addition, if you have not been able to report your post-vaccination experience in v-safe (because of a missed or expired health check-in), you can also report adverse events after vaccination to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System.

V-safe Information Sheet English

V-safe Information Sheet Spanish