Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) County Preparedness Update

Escambia County continues to stay in daily contact with the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County, the lead agency, to provide accurate information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) to the public. Help us spread facts, not fear.

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The CDC has updated their guidelines for fully vaccinated individuals: It says if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance.

  • The Transportation Security Administration's mask mandate is in place through Sept. 13, 2021 on commercial flights, trains, buses, boats and in terminals.
Escambia County would like to remind the public that face masks are available at the following locations as part of the Mask Up, Escambia! public health campaign. The City of Pensacola Ordinance 15-20 requiring face coverings to be worn inside businesses within City of Pensacola limits expired on April 22, 2021, and is no longer in effect.

Click here for the latest Florida Department of Health Public Health Advisory.

The Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Call Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at
1-866-779-6121
or you can email your questions to COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Visit floridahealth.gov for the most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.

For Escambia County specific COVID-19 questions please email covid19@myescambia.com.
 

Testing Sites

  • Ascension Medical Group Sacred HeartDue to decreased demand for testing and lower rates of COVID-19 in the community, Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart will close its drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers after April 1.
  • Ascension Sacred Heart will continue to provide COVID-19 testing at its Urgent Care Centers in Pensacola and Pace. The Urgent Care Center on Highway 29 in Pensacola and the Urgent Care Center on Highway 90 in Pace are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (The Urgent Care Centers will reduce their hours on Easter Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
  • Ascension Sacred Heart stands ready to ramp up drive-thru testing if there is another spike of the virus in the community.
  • Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart opened the first regional drive-through testing center for COVID-19 on Monday, March 16, 2020. The schedule for Ascension Medical Group Sacred Heart’s drive-through center in Pensacola provides community testing for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) are:
      • COVID-19 rapid testing  Appointments are available for Escambia County residents who are 3 months and older and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Patients desiring COVID-19 testing through Ascension Sacred Heart's locations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties should pre-register online by visiting: www.getsacredheartcare.com.to be pre-screened and scheduled (if eligible) or call Community Health Northwest Florida at 850-390- 4276. Rapid testing is offered for symptomatic individuals by appointment only. 

  • Community Health Northwest Florida — If you don't have a healthcare provider or health insurance, call Community Health Northwest Florida at 850-436-4630. 

    To request a Covid-19 rapid test appointment at a Community Health Northwest Florida testing site, individuals no longer need to call the Ascension Sacred Heart Call Center.

    Instead, individuals may now call the CHNWF designated Testing phone line: 850-390- 4276 and speak directly to a CHNWF team member, who will be able pre-screen and schedule patients for Covid-19 rapid tests as well as provide general testing information.

    Please check the Community Health Northwest Florida Facebook page for updates and additional information.
    • Community Health Northwest Florida now offers drive-through COVID-19 testing 3 days per week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
      • Mondays at 2315 W. Jackson St., Pensacola
      • Wednesdays at Cantonment Pediatrics, 470 S. US Hwy 29 in Cantonment
      • Fridays at 2315 W. Jackson St., Pensacola
    • For send out tests, no appointment is required.

    • For rapid tests (for symptomatic individuals), appointment is required; please call the CHNWF Covid-19 testing call center at 850-390-4276.

  • Baptist Health Care - Call the screening center at 850-434-4080 Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to determine if you need an appointment. Online assessment screenings are also available at eBaptistHealthCare.org or by texting “Screen” to 850-318-3080. The online assessment screening is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   
  • OneBlood is testing all blood donations for the COVID-19 antibody. The antibody test is authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and will indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to the virus, regardless of whether they ever showed symptoms. Appointments to donate are required. Masks are required to be worn by all blood donors. You may wear your own or we will provide one for you if needed. To protect our team members and other donors, please do not present to donate if you are not feeling well or have a fever. Please stay home and consider donating once you feel better.

Vaccination

Beginning Monday, April 5, all individuals age 18 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine. The only vaccine currently authorized for 16- and 17-year-olds is the Pfizer vaccine, which will be available to them in Florida. (Governor's Office News Release)

Floridians are encouraged to pre-register at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. Once pre-registered, they’ll be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area. Floridians can also call the vaccine preregistration phone number for their county, listed HERE.  

The state launched a new way for homebound seniors to sign up to have the vaccine come directly to them. Please email HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com to put in your request.

Ascension Sacred Heart

  • Ascension Medical Group will provide a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Tuesday, May 11, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Olive Baptist Church in Pensacola.

    The clinic will provide first doses of the Pfizer vaccine to any person 16 and older and from any state. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online at www.GetSacredHeartCare.com.

    Second doses of the vaccine will be provided June 1. If you have questions, you may send an email to covid19vaccinesupport@ascension.org.

Community Health Northwest Florida 

This week Community Health Northwest Florida will hold four COVID-19 vaccination clinics offering the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, including one special event to take place in partnership with the Downtown Improvement Board, in conjunction with Pensacola’s Palafox Market. Eligible persons who wish to participate in one of these events may either walk in at their convenience during clinic hours OR call the Community Health COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 850-439-3358 to schedule an appointment.
 
Tuesday, May 11
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Brownsville Community Center – 3200 W. De Soto St., Pensacola
  • Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson (One and Done) or 1st dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • To Participate: Appointment (Call 850.439.3358) OR Walk-in
Wednesday, May 12
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Brownsville Community Center – 3200 W. De Soto St., Pensacola
  • Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson (One and Done) or 1st dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • To Participate: Appointment (Call 850.439.3358) OR Walk-in
Friday, May 14
  • Time: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Location: Brownsville Community Center – 3200 W. De Soto St., Pensacola
  • Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson (One and Done)
  • To Participate: Appointment (Call 850.439.3358) OR Walk-in
Saturday, May 15
Special event presented in partnership with Downtown Improvement Board in Conjunction with Palafox Market:
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Location: 106 East Wright Street, Pensacola (just down from First United Methodist Church)
  • Vaccine: Johnson & Johnson (One and Done) or 1st dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
  • To Participate: Appointment (Call 850.439.3358) OR Walk-in
These clinics are open to all Florida residents who qualify to receive the Johnson & Johnson and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines in Florida including all persons age 18 and older. Community Health Northwest Florida encourages all Florida residents age 18 and older who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine to take advantage of one of these vaccination opportunities.
 

IMPORTANT:

  • All participants will be required to show photo ID at time of appointment.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days or have had symptoms of illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath) in the past 14 days should not receive the vaccine.

Florida Department of Health in Escambia County

  • During the week of May 10, 2021, FDOH-Escambia is offering same-day clinic appointments for Florida residents 18 and older:
    • Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at FDOH-Escambia: 1295 W Fairfield Drive Pensacola, FL 32501. Same-day appointments may be available by calling 850-595-6554.
  • FDOH-Escambia has partnered with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos to offer free COVID-19 vaccines to fans during Opening Week at Blue Wahoos Stadium.
  • Residents can use the statewide preregistration system, at myvaccine.fl.gov to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. They may also call 850-595-6554 to be scheduled into any remaining available appointments, including same-day appointments at FDOH-Escambia. Questions can be directed to FDOH-Escambia’s COVID-19 phone line at 850-595-6500 option 6.
  • Escambia County residents should use the statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Residents can call the toll-free line at 866-201-1025 or preregister online at myvaccine.fl.gov. The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1461. The State established a help line at 833-959-0217 for those who need to make changes to their original preregistration.
    • Registrants are now able to schedule appointments immediately after preregistering or logging on if appointments are available. This preregistration system allows users to find vaccine locations on the locator map and choose the location most convenient for them. Residents can view available time slots for each vaccine location and schedule their appointment. Residents may also opt to be contacted by phone to schedule their appointment.
    • Appointments are opened based upon the vaccine supply received each week from the State of Florida. Please be aware that the scheduling process will NOT ask for financial information or social security information.

Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System


•  The Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System's Joint Ambulatory Care Center in Pensacola and the Biloxi Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mississippi offers COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. based on availability.

The Federal Retail Pharmacy Program

CVS

  • Register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. People without online access can contact CVS customer service at (800) 746-7287. Walk-in vaccinations without an appointment will not be provided.

Publix

Walmart and Sam's Club

Winn-Dixie - Monitor the Winn-Dixie online portal here.

State of Florida

  • Sign up for text message updates about the vaccine and distribution by texting “FLCOVID19” to 888777. After you submit the text message, it will ask you to supply your zip code for local-level updates.
  • Florida has launched a COVID-19 Vaccine Report that will be updated daily. This report includes a breakdown of who has received the vaccine by age, race, sex and county. Check out the latest number of vaccinations on the Escambia County COVID-19 dashboard
  • Information about the statewide vaccine distribution plan can be found at floridahealthcovid19.gov/covid-19-vaccines-in-florida.
  • Citizen’s call line for vaccine concerns (Governor’s Office): (850) 717-9337 
  • The Florida Health Department has a brand new COVID-19 vaccine locator site. The new site will allow Floridians to find vaccine sites by county or city and contains contact information for each location. See all locations here - http://ow.ly/k0FX50De10y

Walgreens

  • Eligible individuals can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Walgreens. Walgreens is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at select locations. Florida residents 16 and up can receive the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccine appointments can be scheduled at the following Walgreens locations:
    • 4497 Mobile Highway
    • 20 W Nine Mile Road
    • 6314 N 9th Ave
    • 870 E Cervantes St
    • 700 N Pace Blvd.
    • 1841 E Olive Road
    • 5995 Mobile Highway
    • 2237 W Nine Mile Road
    • 85 Beverly Pkway

    How to schedule a vaccination appointment at Walgreens:

    • Option 1: To schedule a vaccine at Walgreens.com:
      • Visit www.walgreens.com/schedulevaccine.
      • Click "Schedule new appointment."
      • Check to see if appointments are available in your area.
      • Log-in or create a Walgreens pharmacy account.
      • Attest to meeting the state/local eligibility requirements and answer screening questions to determine if you are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 
      • If eligible, select the date and time for both the first and second dose. Your appointment confirmation will be sent via email.
    • Option 2: To schedule a vaccine over the phone:
      • Call your local Walgreens pharmacy or 1-800-WALGREENS (1-800-925-4733)
      • Choose option 1 for COVID-19 vaccine appointment information. We can help you in English and Spanish
      • Follow the steps to schedule your appointment(s) for your first and second doses (if applicable)2
    • Option 3: To schedule inside a Walgreens store
      • Visit any local Walgreens store with a pharmacy.
      • Ask any pharmacy team member for assistance in scheduling a COVID-19 vaccine appointment.
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