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    Saint Augustine, Florida 32084 

Wear a mask. Stay six feet apart. Avoid Crowds. Get a vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts
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[Spanish version] Hechos Sobre La Vacuna COVID-19

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Vaccine Finder

Use the Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you. Local Vaccine Information

When you are fully vaccinated, you can resume activities you did prior to the pandemic. Vaccines will help us move closer to ending the pandemic, but if you are not fully vaccinated, you still need to use all the tools we have available to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Vaccination adds an important layer of protection for you, your family, and your loved ones. Wearing masks and social distancing help reduce your chance of being exposed to the virus or spreading it to others, but these measures are not enough, and no one tool alone is going to stop the pandemic. The combination of getting vaccinated and following CDC’s recommendations to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection against COVID-19.

While experts learn more about how COVID-19 vaccination may help reduce spread of the disease in communities, it is important for everyone to continue to follow CDC’s recommendations. CDC will continue to update these recommendations using the latest science to protect communities.

We ask you to join us in protecting yourself, your family and friends, and our community by getting vaccinated when it’s available to you.

Stopping this pandemic will take everyone doing their part, including getting vaccinated and continuing to wear masks and practice social distancing. For more information about COVID-19 vaccination, visit CDC’s FAQs web page.

Updated July 8, 2021

Vaccine Finder

Use the Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you. Local Vaccine Information

The U.S. vaccine safety system makes sure that all vaccines are as safe as possible: COVID-19 vaccines have gone through the same safety standards as other vaccines.

COVID-19 Vaccine Facts

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[Spanish] Hechos Sobre La Vacuna COVID-19

COVID-19 vaccine teaches your body how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine:

  • Doesn't give you COVID-19.
  • Can keep you from getting seriously ill even if you do get COVID-19.

After vaccination, you might have some side effects—they will go away in a few days. Side effects are normal signs your body is building protection. Side effects include:

  • Pain and swelling on the arm with the shot.
  • Fever, chills, tiredness and headache.

If you're worried about certain side effects, call:

  • Your health care provider.
  • The COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121, and press 3 to talk to a medical professional (the call center is open 24/7).

You re fully vaccinated when your body has built up protection against the virus. That’s two weeks after:

  • The second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.
  • The single-dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Until you're fully vaccinated, keep using the COVID-19 protection layers: wear a mask, stay 6 feet apart from others, avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces, and wash your hands often.

COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge to people living in the U.S.

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Florida Health Office of Communications 5-05-2021

Fast Facts: COVID-19 Vaccines PDF Version

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 What is a variant?

Viruses constantly change through mutation, and new variants of a virus are expected to occur over time.

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Important Ways to Slow the Spread 1

Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Answer the Call from
the Health Department

The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County is working hard to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you have been around someone with COVID-19, someone from the health department may call you. Self-quarantine at home and follow our instructions. Making a choice to help us in the fight against COVID-19 helps protect you, your family, and your community. Help us slow transmission and answer the call to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Why? Case investigation and contact tracing, a core disease control measure employed by state health department personnel for decades, is a key strategy for preventing further spread of COVID-19. Immediate action is needed. Communities must scale up and train a large workforce and work collaboratively across public and private agencies to stop the transmission of COVID-19.


Practice Social Distancing

If you are around other people, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid hugs, handshakes, large gatherings and close quarters.

Why? The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. When someone coughs or sneezes, they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth, which may contain the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the coronavirus if the person coughing has the disease.

Wash your hands

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to help stop the spread of germs—if soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.

When Should I Wash My Hands?

Make a habit of regular hand washing. It’s most important to wash your hands:

  • before eating and cooking
  • after using the bathroom
  • after cleaning around the house
  • after touching pets and other animals
  • before and after visiting or taking care of sick people
  • after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • after being outside
  • after handling mail or packages

Why? Handwashing removes germs from your hands. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others.

Wear a Mask

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and out in public, such as the grocery store.

Don’t place a cloth face cover on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or any who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Why? You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Masks Protect You & Me.

Avoid Touching eyes, nose and mouth

Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. 


Cover coughs and sneezes

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.

Why? Droplets spread the virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.

Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces

Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

If surfaces are dirty, first clean with detergent or soap and water, and then disinfect. Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants, diluted household bleach solutions, and alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol will work. See how to make a bleach solution if disinfectants are not available.


The CDC recommends: Get Vaccinated

  • Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
  • You should get a COVID-19 Vaccine as soon as you can.
  • People who have been fully vaccinated can start to do some things that they had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Here are some Things You Can Start Doing when you've been fully vaccinated.


Download PDF Infosheets:

Back to work safety - Protect Yourself    Facility Cleaning and Disinfection

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Mask Requirements

Wear Masks on Public Transportation CDC — Mask Requirements

Wear a Face Mask

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others and out in public, such as the grocery store.

Don’t place a cloth face cover on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or any who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Why? You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.

Improve How Your Mask Protects You

Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Masks work best when everyone wears them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has. Learn More.


Use of Masks to Help
Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Infographic; Kansas implemeted a mask mandate on July 3, 2020; some counties opted out *. Counties with a mask mandate saw new caases per 100,000 people decrease 6%. Counties without a mask mandate saw new cases per 100,000 people increase 100%. CDC Reccomends everyone age 2 years and older wear masks in public. Visit CDC.GOV to learn more.

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Read the National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness

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  1. Plays YouTube VideoPregnancy and COVID-19

  2. Plays YouTube VideoSchool Planning In-Person Learning

  3. Plays YouTube VideoPlanning Outings and Visits

  4. Plays YouTube VideoExtra Precautions for People with Disabilities

  5. Plays YouTube VideoExtra Precautions for People at Risk of Severe Illness

  6. Plays YouTube VideoWashing your Hands

  7. School Planning Remote Learning Plays YouTube Video

  8. Plays YouTube VideoSymptoms of Coronavirus

  9. Plays YouTube VideoNewborn Care and Breastfeeding

  10. Plays YouTube VideoSchool Information for Parents

  11. Plays YouTube VideoClose Contact with COVID-19

  12.   Plays YouTube VideoCOVID 19 Vaccine What To Expect


  13. Plays YouTube VideoHelp Children Wear Masks    

  14. Plays YouTube VideoHow COVID-19 Spreads

  15. Plays YouTube VideoRunning Essential Errands

  16. Plays YouTube VideoWhat To Do If You Are Sick

  17. Plays YouTube VideoExtra Precautions for Older Adults

  18. Plays YouTube VideoHow Masks Protect You and Others

  19. Plays YouTube VideoProtect Yourself and Others

  20. Plays YouTube VideoCaring for someone Sick at Home

  21. Plays YouTube VideoThree Steps to Protect Yourself

  22. Plays YouTube Video I Wear a mask because (1:43)

  23. Plays YouTube VideoAnswers to Questions from Children about COVID-19

  24. Plays YouTube VideoTips to Keep Children Healthy While School is Out

  25. Plays YouTube VideoUse the Coronavirus Self Checker to Help Decide When to Call a Doctor

  26. Plays YouTube VideoWhen to get Medical Care for COVID-19

  27. Plays YouTube VideoSocial Distancing

  28. Plays YouTube VideoParents Supporting Children

  29. Plays YouTube Video10 Things You Can do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

  30. Plays YouTube VideoWhat Older Adults Need to Know About COVID-19

  31. Plays FEMA VideoCommunicating with Medical Personnel During Coronavirus


Weekly Florida COVID-19 Data


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Learn more about People at Increased Risk

What You Can do if You Are at a Higher Risk
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People at Increased Risk for Severe Illness
And Other People Who Need to Take Extra Precautions

Some people are more likely than others to become severely ill:

  • Older Adults
    At greater risk of requiring hospitalization or dying if diagnosed with COVID-19 .
  • Pregnant and Recently Pregnant People
    Although the overall risk of severe illness is low, pregnant and recently pregnant people are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people.
  • People with Medical Conditions
    Adults of any age with certain medical conditions can be more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Severe illness means that a person with COVID-19 may need: Hospitalization, Intensive Care, A ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die.

Other People Who Need Extra Precaution

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Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat now.

Call the Florida Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873, Florida Relay 711 or TTY 1-800-955-8771. Or report abuse online.

Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224 or chat now.

Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline by calling 1-800-985-5990.

The outbreak of COVID-19 is stressful for most people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Taking care of yourself, your friends, and your family can help you cope with stress. Helping others cope with their stress can also make your community stronger.

During Late June, 2020, 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use

It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during an ongoing crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone reacts differently and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care will help your long-term healing.

Signs of stress may include:

  • Excessive worry or sadness
  • Unhealthy sleeping or eating habits
  • Difficulty with attention and concentration
If you or someone you care about is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others, call
  • 911
  • Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 (TTY 1-800-846-8517)

Things you can do to support yourself

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcoholand drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. Many people are using video chats to feel connected to their friends and loved ones and report that it is helpful to relieve anxiety and stress.

Learn more about taking care of your emotional health.

Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. 

Young Adulthood
COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit

Young adults’ social, emotional, or mental well-being may be impacted by the pandemic. Learn what you can do to help ensure their well-being.

Things you can do to support your child

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
  • Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset, confused or even angry about the disruption to their normal life. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
  • Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
  • Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

Learn more about helping children cope.

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee released a story book: My Hero is You to help children understand how to stay safe and address fears about COVID-19.

See more information about coping with COVID-19. 

ChildhoodCOVID-19 Parental Resources Kit

Children’s social, emotional, or mental well-being maybe impacted by the pandemic. Learn what you can do to help ensure their well-being.

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Florida Schools, Colleges and Universities

The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) is working closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to monitor COVID-19 and is actively working to ensure that the most up-to-date CDC guidance is quickly and accurately disseminated.


Florida Child Care Programs

Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida Department of Health

  • Florida’s Child Care Food Program (CCFP) intends to use all available program flexibilities and contingencies offered by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to serve program participants.
  • During an unexpected school closure, schools can leverage their participation in one of USDA’s summer meal programs to provide meals at no cost to students. Under normal circumstances, those meals must be served in a group setting.
  • However, in a public health emergency, the law allows USDA the authority to waive the group setting meal requirement, which is vital during a social distancing situation. CCFP is working with USDA to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants.
  • Find participating CCFP providers in your area.


Things Schools and Child Care Programs Should Do Now

At All Times
  • Post the signs and symptoms of COVID-19: fever, cough, shortness of breath.
  • Encourage people to stay home when sick.
  • Clean surfaces that are frequently touched – things such as shared desks, countertops, kitchen areas, electronics, and doorknobs.
  • Limit events and meetings that require close contact.
  • Stay up to date on developments in your community.
  • Create an emergency plan for possible outbreak.
  • Assess if community members are at higher risk and plan accordingly.
During an Outbreak in your Area
  • Send home or separate anyone who becomes sick.
  • If you identify a case, inform people who might have been exposed.
  • Continue to safely clean and disinfect the person’s area.
  • Connect with your local health departments.
  • Cancel large meetings or events.
  • Put your infectious disease outbreak plan into action.


Specific Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs
  • Physical distancing (separation of all employees and students by at least 6 feet) and
    assign seats within classrooms.
  • Repurpose unused or underutilized school spaces to increase classroom space and
    facilitate social distancing.
  • Make hand cleaning supplies readily available.
  • Encourage students and staff to stay home if sick.
  • Monitor absenteeism.
  • Plan for digital and distance learning.
  • Be prepared to temporarily dismiss or close schools and cancel events.
    • Short-term dismissals for cleaning and contact tracing if you have a case.
    • Longer dismissals if you have substantial spread in your area.
  • Plan ways to continue student services such as school meal programs if schools close.
  • Stagger staffing or schedules to reduce in-person interaction.
  • Work with your local health department for guidance on closures and reopenings.


See more information about responding to COVID-19 in schools (K–12) – FDOH

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding K–12 Schools and COVID-19 – FDOH

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