Governor Ron DeSantis has signed Executive Order 20-315 which outlines that providers can only administer the COVID-19 vaccine to the following groups:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
- Persons 65 years of age and older
- Health care personnel with direct patient contact
- Person deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers
St. Lucie County encourages residents wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to register with Alert St. Lucie (www.stlucieco.gov/alert) to be notified when vaccines are available. The Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County has received a limited number vaccines, which have already been allocated to the priority groups outlined in Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order (#20-315). Public Safety and Health Department officials are working to acquire more vaccines and distribute them through primary care and medical providers, including hospitals and pharmacies, as well as hosting mass vaccine events. Once more shipments arrive, there will be more clinics and distribution sites. The fastest way to get notified of the clinics is to sign up for our alerts at www.stlucieco.gov/alert.
If you are already registered with Alert St. Lucie – please feel free to log in and check the box to receive COVID-19 updates. Additional information will be posted at www.recoverstlucie.org and
www.stlucieco.gov/covid-19 and http://stlucie.floridahealth.gov. The number for the Department of Health in St. Lucie County is 772-446-8480.
COVID Vaccine Event Slated for MidFlorida Event Center Jan. 19-20.
– St. Lucie County and the City of Port St. Lucie are partnering with the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County to offer COVID-19 vaccines for those over the age of 65 and health care workers with direct patient contact by appointment only on Tuesday, Jan. 19 and Wednesday, Jan. 20 at the MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center.
Those who have already signed up on the Health Departments EventBrite waitlist will have priority registration for this event and will be contacted through EventBrite to sign up. Because of the more than 32,000 individuals already on the waitlist, officials expect all the appointments for this event to be taken. Those on the waitlist unable to secure an appointment on Jan. 19-20 will be given priority for future events, which are being planned once more vaccines become available so please continue to monitor Alert St. Lucie for future events.
The MidFlorida Credit Union Event Center, (formerly known as the Port St. Lucie Civic Center), is located at 9221 Southeast Event Center Place, Port St. Lucie. Those with appointments should enter from U.S. 1 or Village Square Drive. Shuttle service will be available from the event center parking lot during vaccine appointment hours for those who may need it.
The St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners is providing additional staff to assist the local Florida Department of Health office with answering telephone calls and processing registration. St. Lucie County is also one of roughly 14 counties around the state that has purchased three ultra-cold freezer capabilities to handle additional vaccines doses.