Federal Vaccination Sites in Florida Open to Walk-Ups
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University today released its latest weekly Covid-19 test results (below), along with what we know and currently don’t know about vaccine eligibility in Arizona and Florida, where our residential campuses are located.
We are strongly encouraging everyone at Embry-Riddle to have a Covid-19 vaccination as soon as it becomes available to you.
The State of Arizona, where Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus is located, has vaccinated 97 percent of those in the Phase 1A category (healthcare workers, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents). The state has also vaccinated about 30 percent of those in the Phase 1B category, which includes educators (including university faculty), those over age 65 and others. So far, 94 Prescott Campus constituents have completed their vaccination series and are eligible for their Embry-Riddle “All Clear” badge.
With our healthcare partner in Arizona, we were able to secure vaccines and obtain approval to offer a mobile clinic on the Prescott Campus for employees who are currently eligible under state guidelines. A message with instructions was sent directly to those who are eligible. Vaccines will be provided to employees (although not student employees at this time, per state guidelines. Absolutely no walk-ins will be allowed.
The vaccination plan in the State of Florida remains much less clear than in Arizona. Everyone is urged to register at MyVaccine.FL.gov – whether or not they are currently eligible – to receive a call when it is their turn.
Currently, the vaccine eligibility guidelines in Florida seem to be different for those who are vaccinated at state-run sites versus those vaccinated at federal sites. Below, we will do our best to share what we know and currently don’t know about vaccinations in Florida.
State-Run Vaccination Sites
As of this writing, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has set forth the following guidelines for those who are vaccinated at state-run sites. Those who go to state-run sites for vaccinations must be state residents who fall into one of these categories:
- Long-term care facility residents and staff;
- Persons 65 years of age and older;
- Healthcare personnel who provide direct patient care;
- K-12 school employees 50 years of age or older;
- Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age or older; and
- Firefighters 50 years of age and older; and
- “Persons determined by a physicians to be extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.” (In this case, physicians must sign a state form.)
Federal Vaccination Sites
At Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) vaccination sites and through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program – federal efforts to increase Covid-19 vaccination access to underserved populations – it seems that any K-12 employee of any age, from bus drivers and administrators to teachers, can be vaccinated.
Also, individuals can walk up to the FEMA-run sites without an appointment. If no timeslots are available for that date, staff will work to schedule an appointment for you.
Near the Daytona Beach Campus, the FEMA vaccination site at Valencia College – West Campus, 1800 S. Kirkman Road, Orlando, Florida 32811 is open seven days per week, from 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. This site plans to distribute 2,000 vaccines daily.
Higher education faculty and other university employees and students have not yet been prioritized for vaccinations in the State of Florida, unfortunately.
So far, 90 Daytona Beach Campus constituents have completed their vaccination series and are eligible for their Embry-Riddle “All Clear” badge.
Again, if you live in Florida, please register at MyVaccine.FL.gov.
Vaccination resources for various areas:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Veterans Affairs - (some veterans under age 65 are eligible)
- Community Health Services - Yavapai County, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Florida Health – Volusia County Immunizations
- Florida Vaccine Registration Site
- Florida Seniors First Vaccine Information
- Florida Health - State of Florida
Other reminders –
If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, stay in your living quarters. Do not attend classes or other activities. Do not show up at sentinel testing locations.
- On the Daytona Beach Campus, call Health Services, (386) 226-7917.
- On the Prescott Campus, call the Wellness Center, (928) 777-6653.
Latest Covid-19 Testing Results
Embry-Riddle’s latest results reflect the time-period Feb. 25 – March 4, 2021. The following numbers are cumulative, gathered since our testing began on June 22, 2020:
DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS (since June 22, 2020)
- 6,304 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (screening & contact type)
- 3,242 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (sentinel type)
- 281 cases confirmed positive by Embry-Riddle
- 154 other cases confirmed positive through external testing
- 1 previously confirmed case
Total Cases Confirmed to Date: 436
Total Cases Recovered/Cleared to Resume Activities: 416
Total Cases Active/Under Isolation: 20
Total Vaccinated – Daytona Beach Campus: 90
NOTE: The numbers above are cumulative, compiled since June 22, 2020. On the Daytona Beach Campus, ten cases of Covid-19 were newly discovered during this past week (Feb. 25 – March 4, 2021).
PRESCOTT CAMPUS (since June 22, 2020)
- 3,066 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (screening & contact type)
- 847 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (sentinel type)
- 45 cases confirmed positive by Embry-Riddle
- 81 other cases confirmed positive through external testing
- 5 previously confirmed cases
Total Cases Confirmed to Date: 131
Total Cases Recovered/Cleared to Resume Activities: 129
Total Cases Active/Under Isolation: 2
Total Vaccinated – Prescott Campus: 94
NOTE: The numbers above are cumulative, compiled since June 22, 2020. On the Prescott Campus, one new case of Covid-19 was newly discovered during this past week (Feb. 25 – March 4, 2021).
WORLDWIDE CAMPUS (since June 22, 2020)
- 3 cases confirmed positive through external testing
- 3 previously confirmed cases
Total Cases Confirmed to Date: 6
Total Cases Recovered/Cleared to Resume Activities: 6
Total Cases Active/Under Isolation: 0
Only confirmed (not suspected) cases are reported. All confirmed cases are fully disclosed to the university community as well as all appropriate health authorities. Embry-Riddle’s Covid-19 test results are released every Friday. They are posted to our Latest Testing Results online site.
Visit Embry-Riddle’s Covid-19 page for further information about the university’s health precautions and safety requirements.