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Posted on: January 15, 2021

COVID vaccine updates and info: Feb 23

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As of February 23, 2021

County holds press conference at North County vaccine center

Palm Beach County officials held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the opening of a vaccine center in Palm Beach Gardens that will be available to Village residents beginning Wednesday, February 24, -- by appointment only -- for people 65 and older. The website to sign up for an appointment is: http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org/

Watch the press conference here

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As of February 19, 2021

Facial coverings still required

The facial coverings mandate in Palm Beach County has been extended an additional 30 days to mid-March. County health officials say compliance has been generally good at area businesses and establishments, with spring vacation on the horizon and new variants of COVID-19 surfacing, it is important to continue to observe safety precautions and social distancing.

Vaccine site opening in PBG

Palm Beach County government reports a third large-scale vaccination site will open Wednesday, February 24 at the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens, contingent upon vaccine availability. The site will be operated by the Health Care District and will concentrate on individuals who are on the Florida Department of Health waiting list. Those eligible to be vaccinated will be contacted. Vaccines will be given by appointment only. Address is 4404 Burns Road in Palm Beach Gardens. More PBC info here: http://bit.ly/3dxJaWD

JMC has limited supply of vaccines for those with specific conditions

Jupiter Medical Center has received a limited supply of Moderna vaccine. The focus is on patients age 18-64, residing in Palm Beach or Martin Counties and have one or more of of the conditions listed here: http://bit.ly/37xUfmG

Publix vaccine signup window closed until shipments arrive

There are no more first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled at Publix stores until vaccine allotments arrive. Only second dose appointments will continue as scheduled.: https://www.wptv.com/coronavirus/publix-cancels-fridays-covid-19-vaccine-appointment-window  

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Update: February 12 at 12 p.m.

NEW INFO AS OF FEBRUARY 12: Publix will now open their vaccine appointment webpage on Mondays, in addition to Wednesdays and Fridays, and several other retail pharmacies say they will schedule COVID vaccine appointments.

Update: February 9 at 5 p.m.

Increasing numbers of retail pharmacies in Palm Beach County are announcing plans to provide COVID vaccines, while the Florida Department of Health continues its distribution plan announced on January 29.

Florida Department of Health

You can preregister with the Florida Department of Health for a vaccine and get a call back when appointments are available -- if you are a frontline healthcare worker or are 65 or older. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 201-6754 or visit MyVaccine (fl.gov) 

Retail vaccine providers

Several retail providers now have webpages set up for the public to make vaccine appointment requests. Governor Ron DeSantis said Tuesday the retailers will begin distributing the vaccines on Friday, February 12. However, only Publix is listed on the Governor's announcement as having a distribution site in Palm Beach County as of Tuesday, February 2. 

The announced retailers are:

Each website has instructions specific to its respective retail pharmacy.  According to the Governor's Office, these retail pharmacy sites will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 65 years of age and older, as well as frontline health care workers. The federal government determines allocations for each location.

See the Governor's February 9th announcement

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Update: January 29 at 6:00 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health has a new way to sign up for a COVID vaccine. You can now preregister for a vaccine and get a call back when appointments are available -- if you are a frontline healthcare worker or are 65 or older. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 201-6754 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov. 

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Update: January 28 at 9:45 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County says anyone looking to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine should use a Publix pharmacy. Booking availability is sporadic, so check often. The Village Fire Department still has no supplies.

  • The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County says anyone looking to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine should use a Publix pharmacy. There are 67 locations in Palm Beach County. 
  • Appointments times are currently all booked, but Publix says their appointment webpage will re-open at 6 a.m. Friday, January 29. That webpage is: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine.. Booking availability is sporadic, so check often for changes.
  • You may submit your Publix pharmacy related questions at this link: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/vaccine-faqs.html
  • The Village Fired Department has no vaccine supplies and is not distributing any at this time.

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County vaccine webpage

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Update: January 25 at 1:30 p.m.

  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Publix are booked. Publix recommends checking again Wednesday, January 27 after 6 a.m. for next opportunity: bit.ly/2NA4nV3 
  • The Village Fire Department still has no vaccine supply, so appointments are NOT being taken.
  • It is unknown when supplies will be received,  or when any Village appointments can be made.

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Update: January 20 at 1:15 p.m.

The North Palm Beach Fire Department will provide COVID-19 vaccines to Village residents 65 and older, in accordance with CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines, once vaccines become available.

The Fire Department does not have any vaccine supplies at this time, and any that will be obtained will come from the Florida Department of Health, which is working with fire departments throughout the county to provide the vaccines. The date of the next delivery of the vaccine to the Department of Health, and then to the local fire departments, is unknown at this time.  

That information, as well as information about how to sign up for a vaccination by the Village Fire Department, will be publicized once it is available. Notice will be posted on the Village website, in Village social media, and by text through the "Stay Notified" section of the Village webpage. However, at this time, there is no way to sign up for a vaccine from the Village Fire Department.

To get text or email updates about the Village's COVID response and vaccine distribution arrangements, go to the Village's "Stay Notified" webpage. You will have to enter an email address first to create an account, then a cell phone number if you want text messages. Then under the "Notify Me" category, select the email icon or the cell phone icon next to "Severe Weather, Public Health & Safety Notices" to begin receiving messages. Both options can be selected if you want both. You will get a confirmation email from listserv@civicplus.com asking you to approve the service, or a text asking you to reply with YES.

Once a notice is sent out that the vaccine program has begun and appointments are being taken to get vaccinated by the Village Fire Department, time slots are likely to fill up rapidly, just as in other communities throughout the county. Appointments will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis through an online booking platform that will be accessed through the Village website once the vaccines are available. This will be the only way to make an appointment for vaccinations by the Village Fire Department. The number of vaccines the Village will receive on first delivery is unknown, so there is no way to know how many people can be served at this time. 

There is no fee for this vaccine, which will be distributed at the Village Community Center.

Other Palm Beach County vaccine resources

The Florida Health Department in Palm Beach County currently has a full waiting list for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL APPOINMENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

See a summary of the Palm Beach County COVID vaccine program status

Future updates

Please continue to monitor this page and the Village social media for updates. The response to COVID-19 locally and nationwide is a rapidly evolving scenario and changes to this plan may occur at any time.

Social media accounts

For more information, contact:
Ed Cunningham
Communications Manager
Village of North Palm Beach
Email: ecunningham@village-npb.org


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