Vaccine Availability

Ben Bato, a clinical pharmacist from UF Health Jacksonville's 7N nursing unit (COVID-19 Cohort) receives one of the Southeast's first COVID-19 vaccines. December 14, 2020
Ben Bato, a clinical pharmacist from UF Health Jacksonville’s 7N nursing unit (COVID-19 Cohort) receives one of the Southeast’s first COVID-19 vaccines (December 14, 2020)

UF Health is receiving periodic shipments of vaccine doses. We are administering the vaccine for free to UF Health faculty and staff based on the criteria the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, established, offering the vaccine first to a priority group of our front-line health care workers and those working in high-risk areas where they are most likely to encounter an exposure.

In Florida, UF Health Jacksonville was one of five hospitals that received the first distribution of the vaccine. Many factors were reviewed when determining which hospitals were selected, including storage capabilities and city population. UF Health Jacksonville also worked to coordinate distribution of those initial doses to other health care facilities in Jacksonville, along with our health campuses in Gainesville and Central Florida. This is an incredible example of the power of One UF and One UF Health at work.

Which vaccines will UF Health receive and how many doses will it receive?

We have received shipments of both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Vaccine quantities in these shipments are determined by the state.

Who can receive the vaccine?

When vaccine supply is available, UF Health is following state recommendations for prioritization of vaccine administration, based on:

  • Available quantities
  • Risk factors for specific populations
  • Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Advice from other health care experts

Because initial supplies of the vaccine are limited, it will be given in phases based on priority groups, starting with employees who provide direct care to COVID-19 patients.

Is UF Health providing doses to other hospitals?

UF Health in Jacksonville received the initial allocation of Pfizer vaccines and has supplied vaccines to our hospitals, as well as to other hospitals in the Jacksonville community. Distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine among local hospitals and health care systems is determined by the state.

UF Faculty, Staff & Students

Is the vaccine currently available to any UF faculty or staff?

Governor DeSantis has authorized that state-allocated COVID-19 vaccinations be provided to persons age 65 or older in addition to front-line health care workers. UF Health offered vaccinations to anyone with a UF Health record who is 65 or older, lives in Alachua County, and had accessed their electronic health record within the past three years while vaccination supplies were available.

At this time, we do not know when or if additional vaccines will be arriving, nor when the state plans to expand eligibility. Vaccine allocation and distribution are managed at the federal and state levels, so the ability to offer vaccines depends in part on the number and timing of doses received. Vaccine manufacturers provide supply to state departments of health based on federal allocations. This state-allocated supply is distributed directly to health care entities, including hospitals, county health departments or retail pharmacies, at the discretion of state government.

UF and UF Health’s goal has always been to offer vaccination to anyone seeking it, once there is a sufficient supply. We still hope to do so for additional students, faculty and staff through our support of the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County’s efforts to expand access across the community. 

For more information, please review the additional vaccine resources shared on in our update on Feb. 17

UF Health Faculty, Students & Staff

For information on vaccine distribution for UF Health clinical faculty, students and staff, please visit the Emerging Issues section of the UF Health Bridge. Please select the appropriate button below to visit:

Community

Vaccine availability is completely dependent on the supply provided by the state of Florida. UF and UF Health continue to support the Florida Department of Health through Alachua County-sponsored efforts to expand access to vaccination within the community, in alignment with the governor’s executive orders. When possible, we will support Department of Health vaccine clinics and provide volunteer staff to support these initiatives.

The Florida Department of Health has created a Vaccine Locator resource that will allow you to see which locations are offering vaccines.