COVID-19 Vaccine Facts and Info for Those Over 65

By Amanda Roland
COVID-19 Vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccine gets distributed to hospitals, you may have some questions about the vaccine and who can receive it. We have some fast facts that you can reference, and we have information for how to get the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for those 65 and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says…

  • The vaccines have been through clinical trials to make sure the potential benefits of a COVID-19 vaccine outweigh the potential risks. This is in line with what is called the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).
  • A vaccine will work with your immune system to fight off the virus if you are exposed. 
  • “COVID-19 vaccines will not give you COVID-19… None of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States use the live virus that causes COVID-19.” 
  • You can read more about how the U.S. ensures the safety of vaccines by visiting

In Florida…

  • At time of print, Florida hospitals to receive the vaccine include Memorial Regional in Broward, UF Health in Jacksonville, Tampa General Hospital, AdventHealth Central Florida in Orlando, Jackson Health System in Miami and UF Health in Gainesville.
  • Healthcare workers are the first to receive the vaccine, as well as Long-Term Care residents. It is unclear who will be next in line to receive the vaccine.

If you are 65 years old or older and interested in receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, click here to fill out a form for Alachua County. Also, here is a facts sheet for recipients and caregivers.


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