When will Polk County receive COVID-19 vaccines?

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💉 COVID-ictionary: “Vaccine(noun) “a preparation of killed microorganisms, living attenuated organisms, or living fully virulent organisms that is administered to produce or artificially increase immunity to a particular disease.” Or, as we like to think of them: A tool that may help us say “cash me outside” to COVID-19. 

Helping foster the feeling that there may be a bright light at the end of a very dark, socially-distanced + Zoom face-freezing tunnel, several COVID-19 vaccines were approved + released to the public toward the end of 2020

This prompted many of you to reach out to us asking one question: When will vaccines be rolled out in Lakeland + Polk County? And more specifically, when will they be made available to seniors

According to The Florida Department of Health in Polk County, there is currently a limited inventory of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines in the county. Local officials are working on rolling out a distribution plan as soon as possible which includes notifying the public on when they can receive the vaccine. 

Priority levels for the vaccine will be first given in Polk County to eligible residents aged 65+, as they become available. Among the group in Polk that has been vaccinated already includes hospital staff + first responders, and residents in certain assisted living facilities

You can find more updates from the Florida Department of Health in Polk on when the vaccine will be available, here.