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COVID-19

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 

ALL PERSONS 5 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IN FLORIDA

 

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 5 years of age or older. To obtain the vaccine in Florida, individuals 5-17 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian.

The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons aged 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19  vaccine screening.

At this current time, vaccinations for any of the COVID-19 doses are available at the Alachua County Health Department at 224 SE 24th ST, Gainesville without an appointment. This location is open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, except on state observed holidays.

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

COVID-19 BOOSTER DOSE

Three COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved for use in the United States to prevent COVID-19. Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna (COVID 19 mRNA vaccines) are preferred. You may get Johnson & Johnson's Janssen COVID-19 vaccine in some situations.

 

IF YOU RECEIVED: Pfizer-BioNTech 

Who should get a booster?

Everyone 12 years and older.

When to get a booster:

At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Who and when can you receive a second booster?

Adults 50 years and older. If eligible for a second booster, at least 4 months after your first booster.

Which booster should you get?

Adults 18 years and older should get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for the first booster in most* situations.

The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

Teens 12-17 years old may only get a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster.

 

IF YOU RECEIVED: Moderna

Who should get a booster?

Adults 18 years and older.

When to get a booster?

At least 5 months after completing your primary COVID-19 vaccination series.

Who and when can you receive a second booster?

Adults 50 years and older. If eligible for a second booster, at least 4 months after your first booster.

Which booster should you get?

Adults 18 years and older should get an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) for the first booster in most* situations.

The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

IF YOU RECEIVED: Johnson & Johnson's Janssen* 

Who should get a booster?

Adults 18 years and older.

When to get a booster:

At least 2 months after completing your J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccination.

Who and when can you receive a second booster?

Anyone who received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine for both their primary dose and booster.

Adults 50 years and older who first received a J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of what type of booster they received.

If eligible for a second booster, at least 4 months after your first booster.

Which booster should you get?

For the first booster, an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) are preferred in most* situations.

The second booster must be an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

*Although mRNA vaccines are preferred, J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine may be considered in some situations.

For more information regarding COVID-19 vaccines visit: Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot | CDC.

For statewide information regarding COVID-19 please visit: floridahealthcovid19.gov

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.

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