COVID-19 Vaccination | Get the Shot
After more than a year of loss and sacrifice, this is our chance to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. This is our shot.
Thanks to safe, effective vaccines powered by decades of research and sound science, this is our shot —
To protect ourselves and our community.
To restore normalcy, and make a difference.
To safeguard our youngest, our oldest and our most vulnerable.
This is our shot — but only if we come together as a community and take it.
Who Can Be Vaccinated?
All Floridians age 12 and older are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Those age 18 and older are eligible for the Moderna, Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) or Pfizer vaccines. Click here to learn more about current eligibility requirements.
Where Can I Get Vaccinated in Sarasota?
Since receiving its first allocation of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in December 2020, Sarasota Memorial has vaccinated more than 20,000 people, including our medical-care staff, other healthcare providers and eligible community members. However, we do not have sufficient vaccine supplies to host large-scale vaccination events for the general public, nor do we anticipate getting future allotments of vaccine.
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 at floridahealthcovid19.gov and regularly check sarasotahealth.org. For assistance registering for vaccination through the DOH, call 941-861-VAXS.
Until you become fully vaccinated (2 weeks after your final dose), continue taking steps to protect yourself and your loved ones while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Keep wearing a mask and social distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.
Already Got the Shot?
Encourage friends and family to get vaccinated too.
Help them understand that it’s safe and very needed. Remind them of what they’ve been missing since COVID-19 began — and what they’ll get back once infection is no longer a threat. They may not listen to health experts, but they will listen to someone they care about.
Help others schedule vaccination appointments or get to a walk-in vaccination site.
You’ll find a vaccination site locator and other resources at floridahealthcovid19.gov.
Share the real facts with loved ones who are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
There’s so much misinformation circulating about the vaccines, it’s important that we help others find reliable sources for answers to their vaccine questions and concerns. (Check out this FAQ from SMH experts; click here for CDC information on vaccinating children and teens; and click here for general CDC vaccine info.)
Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination
As our country evolves into this new normal, you may need to show proof of vaccination for travel, school-related activities or other needs. For easy access to your proof of vaccination, be sure to snap a photo of the completed vaccination record card (front and back) and keep a digital copy on your phone or in your email. We also suggest printing out a few photocopies of the completed card and filing them in different places. Then, stash away the original card for safe keeping.
Possible 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.
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.
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.
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.
Note: This webpage was last updated May 19, 2021. Information regarding COVID-19 and community vaccinations changes frequently, so please monitor the CDC website for the most to date information.