COVID-19 Vaccination Updates
Since receiving its first allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Dec. 22, 2020, Sarasota Memorial has vaccinated more than 15,000 people, including our medical-care staff, community healthcare providers and eligible community members. However, we do not have sufficient vaccine supplies to host large-scale vaccination events for the general public at this time.
Community Vaccinations Sites
The Sarasota Department of Health, some clinics and some retail pharmacies are facilitating community vaccinations for eligible residents in Sarasota County. For updates and information on public vaccination opportunities, community members should monitor local news media and Sarasota County social media; and visit scgov.net and sarasotahealth.org online. For assistance registering for Sarasota's community vaccination program, call the Vaccine Registration Call Center at 941-861-VAXS (7 am - 7 pm, Monday - Friday).
Limited Vaccinations for High-Risk Patients at Sarasota Memorial
In February 2021, SMH received its first allocation of COVID-19 vaccine designated specifically for high-risk people in our community who are under age 65 and have certain underlying medical conditions. Due to the limited supply, SMH is using guidelines based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's criteria to reach out directly to medically vulnerable patients registered in the hospital’s database, outpatient disease management programs and specialty clinics who have cancer, heart failure, stroke, COPD and diabetes — conditions that make them more vulnerable to serious illness or death from COVID-19.
At this time, SMH does not have sufficient vaccine to host large-scale vaccination events, nor do we know how much (or when) we will be allotted in the future, so we are not maintaining a waiting list for those seeking vaccination. As supplies become more readily available, we will continue our efforts to expand vaccinations for healthcare workers and high-risk people in our community; updates will be posted on this webpage.
For information about Sarasota Memorial practices and policies related to COVID-19, visit smh.com/covid19.
Side Effects After Vaccination
Most people do not have serious issues after being vaccinated. Studies indicate that potential side effects following the second dose might be more pronounced, but are normal, temporary and a sign the vaccine is building up protection to COVID-19.
Common side effects such as arm discomfort, headache, body aches, fatigue (more than usual), chills, fever or nausea typically resolve within a day or two after vaccination. You can use over-the-counter medicine such as topical hydrocortisone cream, ibuprofen or acetaminophen for injection site pain or other discomfort, if not contraindicated by your doctor.
If you experience severe side effects after leaving a vaccination center, seek emergency care.
If you experience any concerning side effects, contact your primary care physician for guidance. (Click here for a fact sheet about the Moderna vaccine that includes common side effect information).
Click here for information about the V-Safe Health Checker, an optional smartphone-based tool that enables you to report side effects after vaccination, if you choose to.
Note: This webpage was last updated March 1, 2021. Information regarding COVID-19 and community vaccinations changes frequently, so please monitor smh.com/covid19 and the CDC website for the most to date information. For information on the public vaccination program for community members in our area, click here.