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COVID-19 RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

January 19, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines in Florida 

Appointments at DOH-Bay are currently filled. As more doses become available, additional appointments will be created. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is currently only authorized for

  • Long term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health Care personnel with direct patient contact, though hospitals may vaccinate persons who they deem vulnerable to COVID-19.
  • The vaccine is available to residents, non-residents, part-time residents, and “snowbirds” who meet the authorization criteria.
  • You can receive the vaccine in any county; you are not limited to your home county.

I am over 65. Where/How/When can I sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

To learn when additional appointments open at DOH-Bay text bayhealth to 888777 or visit bit.ly/bayhealthalert.

Please remember that there are tens of thousands of people trying to register at this time for a limited number of vaccines. This is a historic mass vaccination effort. It is going to take some time to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated. Your patience and understanding are essential and appreciated.

I am a health care provider (Dental Office, General Practitioner, etc.) not affiliated with a hospital.Where/How/When can I sign up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

DOH-Bay is also working to provide vaccine to frontline healthcare workers who are not affiliated with a hospital. Please complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Survey if you are not receiving the vaccine from a parent company or hospital. You will want to coordinate appropriately within your practice to ensure there is only one reply per organization.

Please remember that there are tens of thousands of people trying to register at this time for a limited number of vaccines. It is going to take some time to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated. Your patience and understanding are essential and appreciated.

Moderna Information Card: Moderna Info

Moderna Consent Form: Moderna Consent - English

Moderna Consent Form (Español): Moderna Consent - Español

For a PDF of vaccine information in Bay County, click here.

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Bay County COVID-19 Testing 

Panama City Beach Sports Park, 50 Chip Seal Parkway, Panama City Beach
Lynn Haven Sports Park site, at 2201 Recreation Dr., Lynn Haven
Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
Each site can test up to 500 people per day for the novel coronavirus and results are available within 20 minutes.
To make an appointment for a test, visit bayhealthcovid19.com and fill out a short medical questionnaire. Insurance information is not necessary and may be skipped by stating “no insurance” on the questionnaire. Photo identification is required upon arrival for an appointment.
The tests are available to children 5 and older, though minors must be accompanied by an adult.
Bay County Testing Appointment Instructions: Testing Appointment Instructions

COVID-19 Testing at DOH-Bay 

COVID-19 testing at DOH-Bay is temporarily suspended to prioritize vaccines. 

Other COVID-19 Testing 

Other community partners and private practitioners are also providing COVID-19 testing. Please click on the link below for additional information on criteria and process.

 
COVID-19 Testing Flyers
COVID-19 Testing General- COVID-19 Testing Info
COVID-19 Testing General (Español)- COVID-19 Testing Info - Español

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Mental Health 

The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people of all ages. Fear and anxiety about the unknown can sometimes feel overwhelming to adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. If you, or someone you care about, are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call Bay County's Crisis line at (850) 522-4485. 

Public Services 

The United Way of Northwest Florida is providing information on public services and resources available in our area including food banks. Please visit their dedicated webpage at http://unitedwaynwfl.org/covid-19/. You may also utilize their 211 service for referrals, just call 211 from any phone or visit https://211nwfl.communityos.org/. 

Rebuild Bay County may have resources available to assist persons in need. Visit https://rebuildbaycounty.org/for more information. 

Convalescent Plasma and Blood Donations 

 

OneBlood is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and directly with their hospital partners and physicians to identify people who have recovered from COVID-19 to be potential donors.  

There is also always a need for blood donations. OneBlood is testing all blood donations for coronavirus antibody. Results will be available online within 24 to 48 hours. Appointments are recommended. To learn more visit www.oneblood.org.

Additional Resources