General questions about COVID-19 or the vaccine may be answered 24/7 at the state hotline: 866-779-6121. You cannot make an appointment for the vaccine or testing at this line.
Click here for a guide to using the health department's patient portal for COVID-19 vaccine scheduling.
Below are answers to common questions you may have.
Who can get the vaccine at the health department?
The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County is distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to residents age 65 and older and health care workers with direct patient contact.
How do I make an appointment?
COVID-19 vaccine appointments are made during scheduling windows.
As the agency recieves shipments of vaccine, we will open a scheduling window at www.patientportalfl.com or you can call 24/7 to 844-770-8548.
All scheduling windows will be shown on the homepage- www.hernando.flhealth.gov as well as on our social media page www.twitter.com/healthyhernando
We also share this information with all of our local media, including newspapers, radio and television news outlets. You may create an account at www.patientportalfl.com or at 844-770-8548 before a scheduling window is active. This will be helpful to have already completed before the scheduling window is active so that you may bypass all of the registration questions.
Things to note:
We are not accepting phone calls for new appointments at the health department.
Walk-ins are not accepted.
There is no waiting list.
Why aren’t there more appointments available?
Quantities of the vaccine are limited, and demand is overwhelming. Please be assured that we are making every effort to vaccinate residents as quickly as possible based on the quantities of vaccine that are provided by the State of Florida. As availability of the vaccine grows and demand evens out, it will be easier to ensure everyone who qualifies receives an appointment. Meanwhile, the agency is striving to make the process work smoothly.
When will more appointments become available?
Vaccination appointments will be made available based on supply. Visit Hernando.FLHealth.gov for updates.
Is there a cost to be vaccinated?
There is no cost to be vaccinated at one of the County’s public dispensing sites. Insurance is not required.
How do I protect myself from scams?
The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County does not ask for social security numbers, credit card information or bank account information. There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Where are the current vaccination sites for health care workers with direct patient contact and residents age 65 and older?
- Florida Department of Health in Hernando County
- 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill
- The Hernando County Fairgrounds
- Multiple Hernando and Citrus Publix locations