COVID-19 Vaccination | Get the Shot
COVID-19 vaccines offer our best shot at putting the pandemic behind us.
Thanks to safe, effective vaccines powered by decades of research and sound science, we can protect ourselves and our community, restore normalcy, and make a difference. We can safeguard our youngest, our oldest and our most vulnerable.
Get the shot.
Already vaccinated? Get boosted.
Health experts recommend booster shots for everyone who's fully vaccinated and eligible.
This is our shot — but only if we come together as a community and take it.
Who Should Get Vaccinated?
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends everyone age 5 and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect them against COVID-19 and its potential long-term effects.
Click here to learn more about vaccination options for children and teens. Note that all individuals younger than 18 must be accompanied by a guardian to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
The vaccine is safe and recommended for pregnant women, who have a higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 than non-pregnant women, according to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG). Both the ACOG and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend that all pregnant individuals be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The benefits of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy far outweigh any known or potential risks. In fact, it offers protection to the recipient and builds antibodies that can protect baby.
Still on the fence about getting vaccinated? Click here to get the facts on COVID-19.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated in Sarasota?
The Department of Health, some clinics and physician offices, as well as retail pharmacies (Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Winn-Dixie, etc.) are facilitating vaccinations for eligible residents in Sarasota County. For information on vaccination locations and opportunities, visit the Florida Department of Health website at floridahealthcovid19.gov or call 941-861-VAXS.
Is it safe to get a flu shot and a COVID-19 shot at the same time?
Yes. There is no need to wait between a flu shot and a COVID-19 vaccine dose. They can even be given at the same time, but they should be given in separate anatomical sites. For example: one in the right arm and the other in the left arm. Click here for information on flu shots for people recovered from COVID-19 or who've had monoclonal antibody treatment.
Already Got the Shot?
Encourage friends and family to get vaccinated too.
Help them understand that it's safe and very needed. Remind them of what they've been missing since COVID-19 began - and what they'll get back once infection is no longer a threat. They may not listen to health experts, but they will listen to someone they care about.
Help others schedule vaccination appointments or get to a walk-in vaccination site.
You’ll find a vaccination site locator and other resources at floridahealthcovid19.gov.
Share the real facts with loved ones who are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
There’s so much misinformation circulating about the vaccines, it’s important that we help others find reliable sources for answers to their vaccine questions and concerns. (Check out this FAQ from SMH experts; click here for CDC information on vaccinating children and teens; and click here for general CDC vaccine info.)
Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
As our country evolves into this new normal, you may need to show proof of vaccination for travel, school-related activities or other needs. For easy access to your proof of vaccination, be sure to snap a photo of the completed vaccination record card (front and back) and keep a digital copy on your phone or in your email. We also suggest printing out a few photocopies of the completed card and filing them in different places. Then, stash away the original card for safe keeping.
Lost or Damaged COVID-19 Vaccination Card?
If you’re a community member who received the COVID-19 vaccine through Sarasota Memorial and your vaccination card is lost or damaged, you can access your COVID-19 vaccination record in any of the ways detailed below.
Note that the below options for people who were vaccinated during our community events at the SMH Auditorium (main campus), Internal Medicine Practice in Newtown or Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Clark Road. For questions, call 941-917-2444 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday).
- Call your primary care provider’s office. All administered COVID vaccines are entered into the Florida State Health Online Tracking System (Florida SHOTS) immunization registry. If your doctor is enrolled in Florida SHOTS, the office staff can provide you with a copy of your immunization records, which will include vaccination dates, location and lot numbers. Note that all First Physicians Group primary care doctors are enrolled in Florida SHOTS and can provide a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record.
- Online access: Log in to your Sarasota Memorial FollowMyHealth Patient Portal account. Don’t have an SMH patient portal account? Register for a new one today. Contact our FollowMyHealth team for help at 941-917-2444 or email FollowMyHealth@smh.com.
- Submit a medical records request through SMH’s Release of Information Office. You can request a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination record through our Medical Records / Release of Information Office via email, fax, in-person or by mail. See details below.
- Contact the Sarasota County Department of Health. Anyone vaccinated in Florida can receive a replacement vaccination card through the Sarasota Health Department’s immunization clinic. Appointments are required. Click here to learn more, or call 941-861-2784 to make an appointment.
Note: This webpage was last updated March 3, 2022. Information regarding COVID-19 and community vaccinations changes frequently, so please monitor the CDC website for the most to date information.