COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Since receiving its first allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, Sarasota Memorial has vaccinated more than 16,000 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.
We recommend visiting the Florida Department of Health's website for information on community vaccination sites and other important information: floridahealthcovid19.gov.
For information about Sarasota Memorial practices and policies related to COVID-19, visit smh.com/covid19.
Community COVID-19 Vaccinations Sites
The Department of Health, some clinics and retail pharmacies (Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Winn-Dixie, etc.) are facilitating community vaccinations for eligible residents in Sarasota County. For information on vaccination locations and opportunities: visit the Florida Department of Health website (click here) and the above retailers' websites; monitor local news media; and regularly check sarasotahealth.org. For assistance registering for vaccination through the DOH, call 941-861-VAXS (7 am to 7 pm, Monday-Friday).
Due to our limited supply of vaccines at this time, Sarasota Memorial is not taking calls to schedule vaccination appointments, nor are we maintaining a waiting list for those seeking vaccination. We will post any updates or changes regarding vaccination at SMH on this webpage.
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine
On April 23, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the green light for the single-dose Johnson & Johnson-Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to again be administered in the United States.
Ten days prior, the agencies had recommended the pause due to reports of adverse health issues among a small group of J&J vaccine recipients. The “unpause” on April 23 followed a review of these cases and the vaccine’s potential risks by an independent panel of experts. Based on available data, the committee found that the benefits of the J&J COVID-19 vaccine outweigh its risks for those recommended to receive it.
It's important to note that Sarasota Memorial has administered only the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. There has been no evidence of these blood clots reported in recipients of the more than 180 million doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines that have been administered in the U.S. If you were vaccinated through SMH, you received Moderna.
If you received the J&J vaccine in the last 4 weeks and experience severe and unexplained symptoms such as severe headaches, leg pain, abdominal pain or shortness of breath, contact a healthcare provider and let them know you recently received the J&J vaccine.
Click here for an FAQ on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from SMH Infectious Disease expert Manuel Gordillo, MD.
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. See details below.
- 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.
Use an Existing SMH FollowMyHealth Patient Portal Account
1. If you already have an SMH FollowMyHealth Patient Portal account, click here to log in to the account.
2. Select “My Health,” then “Immunizations.”
3. Print out a copy of your vaccination record from the portal — and print extra copies for safe keeping. Can’t print it? Take a screenshot, and email it to yourself for future easy access.
Sign Up for a New Patient Portal Account
If you do not have an existing SMH Patient Portal account, you can set one up for fast, convenient access to your SMH medical records, including COVID-19 vaccination records. To get started, click here or call 941-917-2444 (9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday). You will need to verify your identity to set up the account.
For patient portal questions or help, call our FollowMyHealth team at 941-917-2444 or email FollowMyHealth@smh.com.
Submit a Medical Records Request through SMH
You can request a copy of your vaccination record by submitting a request to our Medical Records Office.
1. Download the SMH Authorization to Release Patient Information form: Click here for the authorization form in English; click here for the form in Spanish.
2. Complete the authorization form using the guidance below. Sign and date the form before submitting it.
“This Information Is To Be Disclosed/Released To:” Fill in your own name and address, or the name and address of another party who the information will be disclosed or released to.
“Covering the Following TimeFrame(s) of Healthcare Services and/or Conditions Related to:” Write “Jan. 2021 thru June 2021 – COVID Vaccine.”
“The Following Information is to be Disclosed/Released:” Check “Other” and write in “COVID-19 Vaccine Record.”
3. Submit the completed form, along with proof of your identity (a copy of a state-issued driver’s license or other government-issued ID). Click here for instructions on submitting the documents.
Side Effects After Vaccination
Most people do not have serious issues after being vaccinated. Studies indicate that potential side effects might be more pronounced following the second dose of vaccines that require 2 doses, 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 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 May 7, 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.