Mayo Clinic Appointments Change Language English Español Menu Menu Close Main Menu COVID-19 home COVID-19 vaccine: Guidance from Mayo Clinic Experience safe care Track COVID-19 cases Learn about COVID-19 Find out about COVID-19 & Flu Medical professionals Employers and businesses Latest news releases Researchers Contact us Request an appointment English Español Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Mayo Clinic in Florida COVID-19 vaccination plan Mayo Clinic is committed to providing the best and safest care to all our patients as soon as possible. Mayo Clinic in Florida has been working with county and state agencies to support the fair and safe distribution of COVID-19 vaccine for Mayo Clinic patients. The State is currently distributing vaccines through certain designated pharmacies and county health departments. This means that Mayo Clinic in Florida may not receive additional first dose supplies of COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage Mayo Clinic patients in Florida to seek vaccination at commercial pharmacies or their county health departments at the earliest opportunity. If you are a Mayo Clinic patient or employee already scheduled for your second dose at Mayo Clinic in Florida over the next two weeks, please plan to keep your appointment as scheduled. Vaccine supplies are in hand to fulfill these appointments. Any questions about vaccines or their side effects should be directed first to the place you receive the vaccine. When Mayo Clinic receives new vaccine supply and can resume on-site vaccination for patients, Mayo Clinic will contact you either via email, a message on Mayo Clinic Patient Online Services account or a letter in the mail if you do not have a Mayo Clinic Patient Online Services account. If you wish to create an account, you can create one online. Frequently asked questions Why have I not received an invitation to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? The State of Florida is currently distributing vaccines only through pharmacies at select Publix Super Market locations and county health departments. This means that Mayo Clinic in Florida is not currently receiving supplies of COVID-19 vaccine. As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, more people will be offered vaccination appointments. If you are offered the vaccine sooner by other healthcare facilities, we encourage you to receive it there. Why did I receive an invitation for the vaccine but my spouse did not? When we have vaccine supplies, Mayo Clinic in Florida prioritizes patients at the highest risk of complications from COVID-19 to receive the vaccine first. This prioritization algorithm takes into account the patient’s age, gender and other medical problems that increase the risk of complications from COVID-19. Please be aware that patients in the same household may not receive an invitation to be vaccinated at the same time. Even patients of a similar age with similar medical problems may not be invited at the same time if they are a different gender. Studies have shown that men are substantially more likely to develop severe complications from COVID-19 as compared to women. I have an upcoming appointment with my Mayo Clinic primary care provider. Can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine at my appointment? This is important to you and it is understandable that you would like to receive the vaccination during this visit. However, we are currently not scheduling any new vaccine appointments at this time. I would like the COVID-19 vaccine but am currently not a Mayo Clinic in Florida patient. Can I schedule an appointment? We wish we were able to accommodate all who wanted the vaccine. At this time, only existing Mayo Clinic patients will be offered a vaccination for COVID-19 when we have adequate vaccine supplies. I am an established Mayo Clinic in Florida patient but do not have a Mayo Clinic primary care provider. Can I schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? If you are a registered Mayo Clinic patient and have been seen at Mayo Clinic in Florida in the past year, you will be eligible to receive the vaccine when we have new vaccine supplies. As supplies increase in 2021, we anticipate that the program will expand to include broader patient populations. If you are offered the vaccine sooner by your primary care provider, county health department or area pharmacy, we encourage you to receive it there. I am a family member of a Mayo Clinic employee. When can I schedule my COVID-19 vaccination appointment? This can be a confusing and concerning time and it is hard not knowing when you and your loved ones will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Initial supplies of the vaccine are limited and therefore we are prioritizing patients with the greatest risk of complications from COVID-19. As more COVID-19 vaccines become available, more people will be offered vaccination appointments, including family members of existing Mayo Clinic employees. I have received my first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Do I need to get the second Pfizer BioNTech dose exactly at 21 days or the second Moderna dose at 28 days? You are encouraged to get your second dose of the vaccine at the specific time indicated. You may delay that by a few days if there are scheduling constraints. Completing the second dose maximizes the immune benefits offered through vaccination. I became infected with COVID-19 after receiving my first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Should I proceed with the second dose? We recommend proceeding with the second dose for patients that do not have active symptoms and are out of isolation. We recommend following CDC guidelines if you received monoclonal antibodies, which is waiting 90 days for the second dose. What can I do until I receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Continue to practice safe habits such as social distancing, wearing a mask properly outside your home, washing your hands frequently, and following state and local recommendations until the spread of the COVID-19 virus has stopped. Is the vaccine safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women? On Dec. 12, 2020, the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including authorization to vaccinate pregnant and breastfeeding women. For the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine, the U.S. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that these patients discuss vaccination with their health care providers. Patients should ask about the benefits and risks and consider what is known and what is not known to make an informed decision. Is the vaccine safe for those with compromised immune systems? Vaccines can be given to people with weakened immunity, such as people with HIV or other immunosuppressed conditions. They may not get the same effective response as someone without immune compromise. People with recent bone marrow transplantation should wait to be vaccinated until 6 months after transplantation to allow their immune systems to recover from the transplant. Can those who have had COVID-19 get vaccinated for COVID-19? Yes. Mayo Clinic recommends vaccination for COVID-19 even for those who have had COVID-19 previously. However, those who had COVID-19 should delay vaccination until about 90 days from diagnosis. People should not get vaccinated if they are in quarantine after exposure or if they have COVID-19 symptoms. Will the COVID-19 vaccine be free? Yes, the COVID-19 vaccine will be free. However, vaccine administration charges will be billed to insurance. We anticipate that the fee for vaccine administration will be covered by insurance at 100% and that patients and staff will not be billed for any unpaid charges. Patients and staff will need to bring their insurance cards to their vaccination appointments. I have read the information on Mayo Clinic’s website but still have questions. Who can I call? Please feel free to contact our Mayo Clinic Florida Nurse COVID Line at 904-956-8775 (open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time). We are experiencing high call volumes, so please expect longer than usual wait times. Thank you for your patience.