COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ


Can I get a COVID-19 vaccine as a student?

Depending on your age, yes. In Florida, If you are 16 or 17, you can receive the Pfizer vaccine with parental consent. If you are 18 or older, you can receive the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Where can I sign up to get vaccinated?

In Palm Beach County, there are three types of places where vaccinations are being offered.

1) Palm Beach County-operated sites

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County is offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines at the South Florida Fairgrounds, South County Civic Center, and the Burns Road Community Center. Click here to schedule an appointment. The latest you’ll be able to schedule an appointment for your first shot of the Pfizer vaccine is May 6, and the final second shots mid-May. From there, the locations will become mobile clinics.

2) Pharmacies

     – CVS Pharmacy offers all three COVID-19 vaccines. Click here to book an appointment (they go live at 12 and 6 a.m.).

     – Publix offers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Click here to book an appointment.

     – Walmart: Click here to book an appointment (try to go in right before midnight).

     – Walgreens. Click here to book an appointment or call 1-800-WALGREENS.

     – Winn-Dixie: Click here to book an appointment.

3) State pre-registration system for state-run sites

Florida has a statewide system that notifies you when appointments are available at nearby state-run COVID-19 vaccine sites. To register online, click here. To register over the phone, call 866-201-6754. You’ll be asked to provide personal information, such as if you are an EpiPen user, if you can prove your Florida residency, your date of birth, etc.

Are the vaccines safe?

Yes. The vaccines have been thoroughly and extensively monitored to ensure they are safe, and they have met the FDA’s standards for emergency use authorization. Side effects reported after vaccination include swelling at the injection site, muscle pain, chills, and nausea.

Anaphylaxis is extremely rare, but if you have known allergies, it’s recommended to bring your EpiPen to the vaccine site. You will also be asked to remain at the vaccination site for at least 15 minutes after vaccination in case of a severe allergic reaction. If you have a penicillin or penicillin-based medication allergy, it is also safe for you to take the vaccine. However, if you are allergic to an ingredient in the vaccines such as polyethylene glycol (PEG) or polysorbate, consult an allergist before receiving a shot. For a full list of the ingredients for the vaccines, click on the links below.

Any recent news regarding COVID-19 vaccines?

Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause lifted:

The pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been reversed. The use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was originally paused due to federal health recommendations over concerns of extremely rare blood clotting (6 cases out of 7 million doses). Right now, the CDC recommends that women under 50 years old be aware of these risks.

Vaccines for those under 16:

Although it’s unknown when individuals younger than 16 years of age will be able to receive a vaccine, Pfizer said in a press release that their vaccine was found to be safe and effective for 12–15 year olds in Stage 3 trials. Pfizer is currently requesting FDA clearance to administer their vaccine to those 12–15 years old.

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ