After nearly a year of waiting, the Covid-19 vaccine is out and ready for distribution. The challenge — finding a place to get it. Instead of spending hours searching the internet, we’re here to help you with our all-in-one guide on where to get the Covid vaccine in Palm Beach County. The vaccine is free for recipients.
Who can get the Covid-19 Vaccine
During this first round of vaccinations, the following groups of people can get the vaccine administrated:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff.
- Persons 65 years of age and older.
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
- Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers and doctors.
- Firefighters, police officers and teachers and personnel at K-12 schools who are 50 and older, starting March 3.
How to Get the Vaccine
Health Care District of Palm Beach County and Florida Department of Health
The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has updated its form and is accepting registration for vaccinations for Florida residents 65 and older, people 18 to 64 with medical conditions, plus school employees, firefighters and police offers 50 and older. You can fill out a form requesting a vaccine here or call 561-804-4115 for an appointment. (The main page has not yet been updated and still says 65-plus, but click through to the form, which offers a drop-down where you select your category.)
Vaccines are being given at:
- South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach
- Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens
- South County Civic Center site in Delray Beach
All 67 Publix locations in Palm Beach County are giving the COVID Moderna Vaccine. Appointments are required. Publix is providing vaccines to people 65 and older as well as people ages 18 to 64 deemed medically vulnerable. Residents younger than 65 may need a letter from a doctor. Reservations usually open at 7 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be made by visiting publix.com/covid-vaccine.
Veterans 65 and older, or those with pre-existing conditions who are under 65, and who receive care from the VA can make an appointment to be vaccinated at a VA clinic. Veterans who receive or are eligible for care at the VA (there are income criteria) can also receive the vaccine if they are essential workers age ages 18 to 64. You can call 561-422-5220.
These hospitals are providing vaccines when they have them available.
Jupiter Medical Center is offering vaccines to residents of Palm Beach and Martin counties ages 18 to 64 with certain comorbidities. To schedule a vaccine, your doctor must submit the Physician Validation Form and provide the patient’s email address and cell phone number. The medical center will contact eligible patients to schedule the vaccine. The comorbidities are:
- Cancer (active, not history of)
- Chronic kidney disease
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Heart conditions: CHF (Congestive Heart Failure), cardiomyopathy, CAD (Coronary Artery Disease)
- Solid organ transplantation
- Obesity (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2)
- Sickle cell disease
- Down’s Syndrome
The Cleveland Clinic is providing vaccines, when they are available, to people over 65, first responders, independent medical personnel and people under 65 with certain pre-existing conditions and a doctor’s order. Qualifying conditions include with obesity, cancer, COPD, chronic kidney disease, immunocompromised state, heart conditions, sickle cell disease, pregnancy and Type 2 diabetes. You can get instructions for making an appointment here.
Palms West Hospital is providing vaccines to vulnerable patients between 18 and 64 when it has vaccines available. Patients need a signed script attesting to the medical condition that makes them immunocompromised, proof age age and proof of Florida residency. Call 561-345-7053 to see if appointments are available.
Community events in western Palm Beach County
A limited number of vaccine doses are being made available to seniors 65 and older in Pahokee and other western communities that are far from Publix stores. to get on the waiting list, call Palm Beach County Commissioner Melissa McKinlay’s office at 561-996-4814.
The Covid vaccine is being given at the Anquon Boldin Football Stadium at Pahokee High School, 900 Larrimore Rd, Pahokee, FL 33476, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, with no appointment required. This is a drive-through event, and it is available only to people 65 and older.
The vaccine is also being administered at some senior communities in Palm Beach County, by appointment only.
Other retail pharmacies
Walmart, Sam’s Club, Winn-Dixie, CVS, Harvey’s and Fresco y Mas pharmacies are administering the vaccine in Florida to residents 65 and older. Effective Feb. 28, pharmacies also are allowed to administer vaccines to residents ages 18 to 64 deemed medically vulnerable, but most have not yet said how they will do that. Walgreens is not yet administering vaccines to the public in Florida.
These are the links to check for those vaccines:
- CVS. This also includes CVS Pharmacy y más, and Navarro Discount Pharmacy. People without computer access can call CVS customer service at 1-800-746-7287. The only participating Palm Beach County store is in Belle Glade (101 S. Main St., Belle Glade, FL 33430). In Broward, vaccines are available in Plantation (1802 N. UNIVERSITY DR., PLANTATION, FL 33322) and Tamarac (6900 N. UNIVERSITY DR., TAMARAC, FL 33321).
- Walmart. These are the participating Walmart stores in South Florida.
2101 S PARROTT AVE, OKEECHOBEE, FL 34974
2300 W ATLANTIC BLVD, POMPANO BEACH, FL 33069
401 E SHERIDAN ST, DANIA BEACH, FL 33004
4301 S UNIVERSITY DR, DAVIE, FL 33328
8550 STIRLING ROAD, DAVIE, FL 33024
2500 W. BROWARD BOULEVARD, FORT LAUDERDALE, FL 33312
301 S STATE ROAD 7, HOLLYWOOD, FL 33023
1800 SOUTH UNIVERSITY DRIVE, MIRAMAR, FL 33025
12800 PINES BLVD, PEMBROKE PINES, FL 33027
13550 W SUNRISE BLVD, SUNRISE, FL 33323
17650 NW 2ND AVE, MIAMI GARDENS, FL 33169
9300 NW 77TH AVE, HIALEAH, FL 33016
- Sam’s Club. The closest locations giving the vaccine are in Port St. Lucie, 1750 SW Gatlin Blvd., Port St. Lucie, FL 34953, and Sunrise, 13550 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33323.
- Winn-Dixie. The participating stores so far are 6600 Hypoluxo Road, Lake Worth, FL 33467; and 5600 W Sample Road, MARGATE, FL 33073.
- Fresco y Mas. So far, the closest location is Miami.
- Harvey’s Supermarkets. So far, no locations in South Florida are listed.
Many Palm Beach County residents are traveling to Broward and Miami-Dade county for vaccines, because appointments are sometimes easier to get in Broward.
Find out about Broward County vaccines here.
Find out about Miami-Dade County vaccines here.
Which vaccines are being given?
So far, two vaccines have been approved for use in the United States, and both are being given in South Florida. Residents receive two doses of the same type of vaccine.
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, 21 days apart. Click on the link to learn more about how this vaccine works.
- Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. This vaccine requires two doses, 28 days apart. Click on the link to learn more about how this vaccine works.
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. This vaccine requires only one dose.
When can younger people get vaccinated?
There is no specific timetable for the vaccine to be given to younger people, including essential workers. As more doses of vaccine become available, and other vaccines are approved, more people will be eligible for shots, and the vaccine will be available at more locations, including pharmacies and doctors’ offices.
We will keep this posted updated the best we can. You can also follow Florida Health on Twitter.
For more information on COVID-19 in Palm Beach County, including the location of COVID test sites, click here.
You can also find information and help getting an appoint from volunteers in the Facebook group South Florida COVID-19 Vaccination Info.