Vaccinations for Under 65 Vulnerable Population

Starting last week the hospital began administering vaccinations to the vulnerable and the extremely vulnerable populations who are between the ages of 18 and 64.  Click to Register and a logistics coordinator will contact you to conduct the screening process, validate your condition, and schedule an appointment.

Please see the frequently asked questions below for additional information.

What is the criteria for U65 Population?

We are planning to follow the guidelines presented by AHCA and CDC that outlines key at-risk conditions such as:

Extremely Vulnerable

  • Cancer
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • Down Syndrome
  • Heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
  • Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or higher but < 40 kg/m2)
  • Severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2)
  • Pregnancy
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Vulnerable

  • Asthma (moderate-to-severe)
  • Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Liver disease
  • Overweight (BMI > 25 kg/m2, but < 30 kg/m2)
  • Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
  • Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus

How do I qualify to get the vaccine?

Click to Register .  After the Registration form is completed, you must complete the Screening process.  A logistics coordinator will help guide you through the process, collect supporting documentation, and then schedule an appointment.

What kind of documentation do we need to provide to get the vaccine?

  • Documentation of a Florida residency (proof of HOMESTEAD or a valid FLORIDA Driver’s License).
  • Insurance coverage if applicable.

AND

  • Current prescription for one or more at-risk conditions.  OR
  • Diagnosis or care plan from your primary care physician.  OR
  • Letter of Recommendation from your primary care physician/other medical specialist.

How do I sign up to get a vaccine if I think I fit into one of these categories?

Click to Register and a logistics coordinator will contact you to conduct the screening process and to schedule an appointment.

Do I have to have an appointment or do you all accept drop-in?

Yes, you do need a scheduled appointment.  Each bottle holds a total of 10 vaccines, therefore it is critical to have the exact number of people as vaccines.  There are very strict storage and administration guidelines.  The vaccine must remain frozen until time to do the shot.  Once it is thawed we have a six hour window to give the shot.  Once we pull the medicine up into a vial, we have two hours to administer the shot, so appointments are critical.  Click here to register.

Once I complete the REGISTRATION form, does that confirm my appointment?

No, after you complete the registration form you have to be screened and validated to get a confirmed appointment.  If you selected one or more at-risk vulnerable conditions, please click on the SCREENING tab to move to the next phase in the process.  Once both forms have been reviewed by a logistics coordinator and supporting documentation is collected, your appointment will be confirmed.

Where do I go to get the shot?

We administer the shots through a drive thru system.  You pull to the front of the hospital, we confirm all of the appropriate documentation and signatures, and administer the shot.  After the shot is administered each person waits in the car for 15 minutes for non-reaction and 25 minutes for prior-reaction to a vaccine.  Once the vaccine is administered and there is no reaction, you are allowed to leave.  Please click here to view a map.

What if I have additional questions?

If you do not have access to a computer, you can contact the public relations department at 850-253-1961.  If you have additional questions you can email to start the process.  However, most importantly, go online and provide your information in the REGISTRATION and SCREENING form and you will be added to the communication list to stay up to date.  www.mcmh.us/blog or follow us on Facebook @madisoncountymemorialhospitalMCMH.

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