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State Surgeon General Issues Public Health Advisory Rescinding Previously Issued Advisories, Expanding Vaccine Eligibility, and Encouraging the Resumption of In-Person Government Operations and Services Statewide

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State Surgeon General Issues Public Health Advisory Rescinding Previously Issued Advisories, Expanding Vaccine Eligibility, and Encouraging the Resumption of In-Person Government Operations and Services StatewideTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Advisory rescinding the public health advisories issued on March 25, 2020, June 22, 2020, July 21, 2020 and January 21, 2021. The Public Health Advisory also expands vaccine access and eligibility to any individual in Florida who is present in Florida for the purpose of providing goods or services for the benefit of residents and visitors of the state. Finally, the Public Health Advisory encourages government offices to conduct in-person operations and services.

Update for April 27th, 2021: The Florida Department of Health in Polk County will be providing COVID-19 vaccines at Lake Eva Event Center in Haines City on Wednesday, April 28th from 10 a.m to 6:30 p.m. This is a walk up event and no appointment is necessary. Vaccines will be available to anyone 18 years of age and older as outlined in the Governor’s Executive Order.

Lakeland Regional Health will now be assisting DOH-Polk by scheduling anyone who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by appointment. Those interested in making a COVID-19 vaccine appointment can visit https://myLRH.org/vaccineform or call 863-904-1895 to schedule their appointment. Appointments will be available for scheduling Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals who are homebound and wish to receive COVID-19 vaccine may register on the state’s homebound website at homeboundvaccine@em.myflorida.com. Their request will be routed to a regional incident management team who conduct home visits to administer vaccine.

In addition to DOH-Polk and Lakeland Regional Health’s vaccine availability, COVID-19 vaccine is also becoming more widely available through local pharmacies and private providers. Individuals are encouraged to visit the state’s COVID-19 vaccine locator to find vaccine availability nearest them. This can be found by visiting http://www.floridahealth.gov/ and clicking the Vaccine Site Locator map located on the home page. Individuals may also contact DOH-Polk’s COVID-19 Information Center at 863-519-7911 for COVID-19 related questions.

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County remains committed to continue the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the county. To date, more than 228,000 of Polk’s residents have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

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