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COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Information

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Vaccines

For appointment locations and times, call FDOH-Santa Rosa at 850-983-5200 and select the option for scheduling COVID-19 vaccines. FDOH-Santa Rosa currently administers the Moderna vaccine approved for those 18 and older and the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 and older.

Vaccines are also available at other locations such as CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Publix. Find the location nearest you and the vaccine being administered at www.vaccines.gov. Make an appointment with Ascension Sacred Heart at www.getsacredheartcare.com.

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Additional Guidance:

  • Do not arrive early for your appointment. 
  • Persons with transportation issues should contact the Tri-County Community Council, 850-626-6806.
  • Those eligible for the vaccine may register by calling Florida Department of Health-Santa Rosa, 850-983-5200.
  • Operators will never ask for payment, credit card info, etc. to schedule an appointment.
  • While the second doses can be given at approximately four weeks after the initial dose, the CDC has determined that second doses may be given as late as six weeks for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. You will need a second consent form.
  • This vaccination administration is a very carefully scheduled process and as a safety measure, only individuals actively being vaccinated are allowed inside the facility. 

  • Each individual must bring a valid form of identification showing date of birth (driver's license, state-issued ID or passport).
  • These are not drive-through sites. All individuals must be monitored for 15 minutes after receiving the vaccination.
  • If you have questions about whether or not you should receive the vaccine, contact your health care provider.

Testing

Beginning at 8 a.m. Thurs., Aug. 19, NOMI Health will expand COVID-19 testing through two new testing sites in Santa Rosa County.

These will be located at the following locations operating from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, Monday through Sunday.

Clyde L. Gracey Community Center
5629 Byrom Street Milton, Florida

Gulf Breeze Flea Market
5760 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida.


Testing will be offered on a first come, first served basis, with no pre-screening or appointment required. Sites will offer walk-up testing with both PCR (24-48 hour results) or rapid antigen testing (20-minute results) available. Testing is available to insured and uninsured citizens. Insurance information will be collected.

For further information regarding these COVID testing sites contact NOMI Health Call Center at 904-295-0562.

If residents are exhibiting symptoms, they should contact their primary care provider, the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center (1-866-779-6121) or one of the healthcare providers listed below. Charges may apply.

  • Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart is offering COVID-19 testing at multiple physician offices and walk-in centers. Charges may apply. Patients do not need to be established with an Ascension Medical Group physician. However, patients will need to see a healthcare provider who will evaluate them and then be able to provide a COVID-19 test. If patients have testing questions, they can email COVID19testing@ascension.org
    • For the urgent care and walk-in clinics, patients may schedule an appointment at www.getsacredheartcare.com. Patients will be evaluated by a provider and tested if showing symptoms of COVID-19. 
    • Current locations include:
      • Sacred Heart walk-in clinic inside the Walgreens at 8220 Navarre Parkway, Navarre. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
      • Sacred Heart Urgent Care Center in Pace, 4435 Highway 90 in Pace, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am. to 3 p.m.
      • Sacred Heart's Urgent Care and primary care offices at Tiger Point, 4033 Gulf Breeze Pkwy., on Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Baptist Healthcare ER/Urgent Care, (rapid test only) 8888 Navarre Pkwy. in Navarre, 850-750-5698 or schedule an appointment online at www.baptisteruc.org/covid-19
  • Baptist Healthcare Gulf Breeze Hospital, 1110 Gulf Breeze Pkwy. in Gulf Breeze, 850-934-2000
  • CVS Health
  • Walgreens
  • ProHealth
  • American Family Care, (Rapid and PCR testing) 4713 Hwy. 90 in Pace, 850-331-0814

Santa Rosa County School District

After careful consideration and collaboration with the public health officials Santa Rosa County School District officials have revised the COVID guidelines for the 21-22 school year. Student health and safety continues to be a top priority for Santa Rosa County District Schools as they return to normal school operations.

VACCINATED Students Who Are In Close Contact With a Positive Case:
Asymptomatic students who are vaccinated or in their 90-day immunity period will not have to quarantine, only monitor for symptoms.

Symptomatic students who have been in close contact should quarantine and may return following these guidelines:

  • The earliest a student can be tested is day five.
  • With negative rapid antigen or PCR test, return to school no earlier than day eight, monitor for symptoms, recommend practicing mitigation (mask, social distancing) through day 14
  • Without testing, return to school no earlier than day 11, recommend practicing mitigation (mask, social distancing) through day 14

NON-VACCINATED Students Who Are in Close Contact With a Positive Case:
Asymptomatic students who have been in close contact and who are not vaccinated may remain in school under these guidelines:

  • For days one through seven, highly recommend mask use (two-ply, no bandanas or gaiters), screen daily for symptoms and recommend social distancing if feasible
  • For days eight through 14, recommend monitoring for symptoms and practicing mitigation (mask, social distancing) 

Symptomatic students who have been in close contact with a positive case and are not vaccinated should quarantine:

  • The earliest a student can be tested is day five.
  • With negative rapid antigen or PCR test, return to school no earlier than day eight, monitor for symptoms, recommend practicing mitigation (mask, social distancing) through day 14
  • Without testing, return to school no earlier than day 11, recommend practicing mitigation (mask, social distancing) through day 14

SYMPTOMATIC Students Regardless of Contact With a Positive Case:

  • Students with multiple COVID-like symptoms (fever, diarrhea, vomiting, or loss of taste or smell) will be sent to the school clinic, socially distanced and offered a mask.
  • Parents will then be contacted to determine if symptoms are due to a pre-existing condition. If not, the parent will be required to pick up the student.
  • Students will be able to return to school once they are symptom-free without medication for 24 hours.
  • Exception: If the student experiences a new loss of taste or smell, parents should contact their healthcare provider and follow the Florida Department of Health guidance for isolation.

COVID Home Exposure
If there is a positive case at home, parents should follow the guidance of the Florida Department of Health regarding quarantine protocol.

Additional Information

  • Contact tracing will occur as required by the Florida Department of Health.
  • Students who are quarantined will be able to make up their schoolwork.
  • Absences due to quarantine or COVID symptoms be excused.
  • The school district plans to allow normal school activities such as field trips to resume. Athletic events and extracurricular activities such as band and choral concerts will occur without limits on seating capacity.
  • Parents will be able to return to schools as volunteers.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, on buses and other shared areas. Each classroom will also have disinfecting wipes.
  • Classrooms and buses will be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Water bottle filling stations will be available in schools.
  • Air purifiers be used in large open spaces like libraries and cafeterias.
  • Masks will be optional in schools and on buses. Masks will be available for students who would like one.
  • Signs will be displayed to remind students of social distancing and the use of hand sanitizers and hand washing.

For full details and a Q&A on COVID protocols, visit the Santa Rosa County District Schools COVID guidelines at www.santarosa.k12.fl.us.

Baptist Health Care

  • Baptist Health Care has revised its visitation policy. No visitors will be permitted at Baptist, Gulf Breeze and Jay Hospitals at this time. 
  • One caregiver/support person per patient is permitted. Patients may have more than one caregiver/support person visit them throughout the day, but only one at a time is allowed in the facility. 
  • Out of an abundance of caution, no caregivers/support persons are allowed in rooms of patients who are currently positive for COVID-19 or waiting for COVID-19 test results. This includes caregivers/support persons who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances, and we will do our best to accommodate those needs.
  • Entrances: Caregivers/support persons who need to be with a loved one who has been admitted to Baptist Hospital must enter through the main hospital entrance between 5 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. This entrance is located on the west side of the facility that is accessible from West Moreno Street. Caregivers/support persons of inpatients at Gulf Breeze Hospital should enter through the emergency department. 
  • No caregivers/support persons allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are allowed to visit.
  • No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.
  • At the discretion of the hospital staff, a caregiver/support person may be asked to leave as the situation warrants.
  • Detailed information about the policy is available online.

Santa Rosa Medical Center

  • Patient visitors are restricted to one immediate family member, partner or significant other who is 18 years or older. Visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • All individuals entering the building must enter through the Emergency Room entrance. 
  • All visitors are asked to practice infection prevention:
    • Sanitize hands when entering the hospital and when entering or exiting patient rooms.
    • Cover coughs or sneezes with elbow or a tissue and dispose of used tissues in the trash.
    • Sanitize hands after coughing or sneezing.
  • If someone has traveled from a high-risk area for COVID-19, had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19, and cough, fever or difficulty breathing, they will not be allowed to visit unless seeking medical care themselves
  • Patients for ancillary testing (i.e., labs, X-ray/imaging, PFT, EKG, etc.) and/or outpatient surgery will need to enter through the Emergency Room entrance as well.

NAS Whiting Field

In areas of substantial or high community transmission, the Department of Defense requires all service members, federal employees, onsite contractor employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask in indoor settings on installations and other facilities owned, leased or otherwise controlled by DOD. The new requirement applies to NAS Whiting Field, and masks are now required at all indoor facilities. MWR facilities remain open for those who have a DOD ID and access, and further updates will be sent out as needed.

OneBlood

  • Everyone who is physically capable of donating plasma or blood is urged to do so during the pandemic. Convalescent plasma from recovered COVID patients is being evaluated as a treatment for those with serious or immediately life-threatening COVID infections. Donations can be scheduled online at OneBlood.org. 
  • OneBlood web site is testing all donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test will indicate if the donor has antibodies, regardless of presence of symptoms. 
  • Appointments to donate are required.
  • Do not donate if you are not feeling well or have a cough or fever. 

Feeding Programs

There are many feeding programs in the county where residents can pick up enough food for a family of four for at least a week. See the calendar for a complete schedule or map of closest location. There are no restrictions on who may utilize this program. Note that this is not a complete listing of all feeding programs in Santa Rosa County. For a more complete list, visit Feeding the Gulf Coast's website to use the search feature to locate the closest food pantry or distribution event.

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