Answered By: Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Selby, Sarasota Co. Libraries
Last Updated: Mar 08, 2021     Views: 9572

*Starting at noon on January 20th, Sarasota County began to use the Everbridge system for vaccine registration. You can sign up online (here) or call (941-861-8297) to register for a vaccine and be notified when it is available to you.*

*2/1/21: Florida instituted a registration system that includes all counties in the state. Sarasota has opted out of this system and will continue to use the Everbridge system for vaccine registration. Use the links in this FAQ to register for your Covid-19 vaccination.*


*THIS EVERBRIDGE SYSTEM IS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO RECEIVE EITHER VACCINE DOSAGE. REGISTRANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THE FIRST DOSE PRIOR TO JANUARY 20TH BUT ARE WAITING FOR THE SECOND MUST CONTACT THE FLORIDA HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN SARASOTA FOR MORE INFORMATION.*

 

*IMPORTANT NOTE: Covid-19 vaccination registration availability is variable and may change at a moment's notice. Keep an eye out for updates about active registration periods on the Florida Department of Health - Sarasota Website*

*BEWARE OF SCAMS: There is no charge to register for the Covid-19 vaccine. Use the links provided within this FAQ to reach the correct, official web pages for Covid-19 vaccine registration. See "Beware Covid-19 Scams" flyer in Files for more information.*

 

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In accordance with the State of Florida Office of the Governor executive order effective March 3rd, 2021, Sarasota County has expanded eligibility requirements for Covid-19 vaccination. 
  • This expanded phase covers the following recipients:
    • Long Term Care Facility (residents and staff)
    • Seniors 65+
    • Healthcare Personnel with Direct Patient Contact
    • K-12 school employees 50+
    • Sworn law enforcement officers 50+
    • Firefighters 50+
    • Persons under 65 deemed medically vulnerable by a physician (see Files for form)
  • Sarasota County residency is NOT required, but Florida residency IS required; residents and snowbirds must remain in Sarasota County for second-round shot (28 days after initial shot)
    • Residents must bring Florida state I.D./driver's license with current address to appointment; if your ID does not have your current address, you must bring two copies of other proofs of residency listed here (or see Files)
      • Full-time residents: those who live in Florida as a permanent address
      • Part-time residents: those who live in Florida for at least 6 months out of the year
  • Current first-dose vaccination location(s)
    • 3/5, 3/8, 3/9, 3/10: Sarasota Square Mall
      8201 S Tamiami Trail
      Sarasota, FL 34238
    • 3/7: Venice Municipal Airport Festival Fairgrounds
      610 Airport Ave E 
      Venice, FL 34285
  • Current second-dose vaccination location(s):
    • Sarasota Square Mall
      8201 S Tamiami Trail
      Sarasota, FL 34238
  • Register for vaccination through the Sarasota County Everbridge website (here) or by phone (941-861-8297)
    • Follow the Covid-19 Vaccine Registration System Guide for assistance in signing up online.
      • You must create a new username for Everbridge even if you already have one in the system.
      • You can sign up two registrants simultaneously with the same form. The second registrant must also be able to go to the same appointment as the first registrant.
    • Once you have been registered, you will be placed into a virtual queue, and be notified when you are next in line to receive a vaccine.
      • To see your position in the virtual vaccine queue, go to your Everbridge account and look under "Additional Information." Your account number is your position in the virtual queue. 
        • Contacts to watch for:
          1. By phone: 941-861-8297
          2. By email: Department of Health in Sarasota County COVID-19 Vaccine Registration System (DOHcovid19vaccine@scgov.net)
          3. By text: 88911
        • You can see what position the Everbridge system is scheduling up to on the Sarasota County Covid-19 Vaccine information page. (As of March 5th, DOH-Sarasota will be scheduling up to account number 82,904)
        • When it is your turn in the queue, you will be contacted up to two times within two hours to make the appointment.
          • If you are unable to accept an appointment for any reason, you will be placed back in the queue automatically at your current position.
          • If you miss/decline three appointment opportunities, you will lose your place in the queue and be placed at the end.
        • You can send a test notification to ensure your contact information is correct.
  • Download, complete, and print out the Covid-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form to bring to your appointment (also available in Files tab: English, Spanish, Creole)
    • Courtesy no-charge printing is still available at all library locations
  • You must bring all of the following to your appointment:
    • Completed Covid-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form
    • Valid form of identification (driver's license, passport, etc.)
  • More information available on the Sarasota County website and Florida Department of Health website. Sign up for email updates at COVID-19@flhealth.gov!

 

"What if I have already received my first dose? Do I sign up to Everbridge for the second dose?"

The Everbridge registration system is intended for users who have not received either vaccine dosage yet, and should not be used by those who have already received their first dose. At this time, please contact the Florida Department of Health's COVID-19 Call Center at 866-779-6121 to inquire about your previously scheduled appointment for the second vaccine dosage. 

 

"Can I still register if I am not in one of the eligible groups?"

While it is possible to create an account and the account will receive an account number, which is an automated function in the system, any account created for an individual who does not meet the current state guidelines will be flagged and are not in the queue to receive appointments. The county is reviewing and finalizing its plan for if and/or when the state updates priority group guidelines.

 

"What other places are registering for Covid vaccines?"

The following is a shortlist of other organizations participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program for registering for vaccines. These organizations are not controlled by Sarasota County Government: please direct any questions about registration to their customer service venues.

  1. Publix
    • Registration is online only.
    • On booking days, registration begins at 7am.
    • Follow the website steps to check for availability.
  2. Winn-Dixie
    • Registration is online only.
    • Vaccines will be available at specific locations. The list is here.
  3. Walmart 
    • Registration is online only.
    • (Free) Walmart account is required.
  4. Sam's Club
    • Registration is online only.
    • Sam's Club membership is not required for vaccine, but a (free) online account is still required.
  5. CVS Pharmacy
    • Registration is online only.
    • Click on Florida to schedule appointments and view availability by city.
  6. More to come!

 

Stay healthy!

 

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Comments (12)

  1. I tried registering for the COVID19 via text exactly at 330 and a message pops up Tickets are in high demnd. You might be placed in a queue. But the botton of the screen it says SOLD OUT. How do you know if you are in queue or not?
    by Debbie on Jan 04, 2021.
  2. How does the sarasota county covid vaccine reservation system work [ eventbrite system ]. Can someone show whether you need to scroll the page shown to see options. And why, when you get a :It's your turn' screen all the time slot options are greyed out and marked either sold out or unavaiable. Is the problem the speed of computer used ? Please help. We try, try and try again buy still get nowhere so must be doing something wrong.
    by CB on Jan 05, 2021.
  3. Hi Debbie, thank you for your question! By text, do you mean that you have accessed the Eventbrite website through a mobile device? If that is the case, the indication that you are currently in the queue should be in the form of a pop-up displaying your place in the registration process. However, if the page is also displaying that the event is sold out, then it is likely the case that the registration is no longer available. Because of the volume of requests being made to register, the website is most likely trying to catch up and update, leading to that situation. Because Eventbrite is a third-party site that is not directly affiliated with or run by Sarasota County (here is their "About" page: https://www.eventbrite.com/about/), we unfortunately cannot assist with technical issues that may occur in trying to use the website. Those inquiries would need to be directed to Eventbrite customer support at https://www.eventbrite.com/support/contact-us. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 941-861-1110 or chat with us!
    by Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Sarasota County Libraries on Jan 05, 2021.
  4. Hi CB, thank you for your question! The process to register for a Covid-19 vaccination through Sarasota County’s Eventbrite page is as follows: - At the Event Listing page (https://www.eventbrite.com/o/florida-department-of-health-sarasota-32135779751), click on the event link (open events will say “Free” in the top right of their picture) - Click “Register” in the middle-right of the page; doing so will place you in a queue to select times. Do not close to the pop-up window - When you are past the queue, a list of hour-long time blocks will appear; available times will have a drop-down menu for total registrants (options are 0, 1, and 2). -You may need to scroll down the page to see all available times. After making a selection, click “Register” at the bottom. - If there are available slots for the time block, you will be directed to a page to enter your name and a valid email address. Click “Checkout” to submit. - If the request is successful, you will be taken to a confirmation page for your appointment with a QR code. Print this page out, or present it on your mobile device at your appointment. Please note that while Sarasota County is using Eventbrite for the registration event, we do not run, and are not directly affiliated with, the Eventbrite website. Due to the high demand for this service, it is certain that the number off requests being made to access the page are putting a strain on Eventbrite’s servers. While the speed of the computer and your internet connection may have some affect on loading the page, it ultimately comes down to the responsiveness of Eventbrite’s website. Unfortunately, all I can suggest is contacting Eventbrite customer support (https://www.eventbrite.com/support/contact-us) with website issues. You likely not doing anything wrong, it’s just very difficult to register through the website at this time. If you have any more questions, please call us at 941-861-1110 or chat with us!
    by Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Selby, Sarasota County Libraries on Jan 05, 2021.
  5. How do we know when more vaccine is available ? How do we know when we are able to access the Eventbrite site for an appointment? Thanks
    by Molly Max on Jan 09, 2021.
  6. Hi Molly, thank you for your question! Updates for appointment openings are posted on the Florida Department of Health - Sarasota website (https://sarasota.floridahealth.gov/index.html). In addition to that, I would encourage you to sign up for text alerts by sending "SRQCOVID19" to 888777. Upon receipt, you can send your email to sign up for email alerts as well, and send your zip code to be provided with information on vaccine registrations. This would be the most direct way to be able to tell when registration opens again and at what time. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 941-861-1110 or chat with us!
    by Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Selby, Sarasota County Libraries on Jan 11, 2021.
  7. How come a healthy 65 year old person gets the vaccine before I. I’m 80 with a heart condition??? Thank you
    by Lizzy on Jan 12, 2021.
  8. Hi Lizzy, thank you for your response! Sounds like you've been having a frustrating experience. As a library service, we're happy to provide information about assisting with the vaccine registration process! According to Executive Order 20-315 from the Office of the Governor (https://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/orders/2020/EO_20-315.pdf), the vaccine is being distributed to any seniors over the age of 65 as well as health professionals. Here are the best places to turn to with questions and to register: The Florida Department of Health - Sarasota can be reached at COVID-19@flhealth.gov by email, or through the COVID-19 hotline at (866) 779-6121 - they can help you directly with any questions about vaccine availability and requirements. You can also text "SRQCOVID19" to 888777 in order to receive text or email notifications about when the next registration periods will occur. If you have any technology questions about accessing any of these resources, please do not hesitate to call us at 941-861-1110 and we would be happy to assist you by phone!
    by Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Selby, Sarasota County Libraries on Jan 13, 2021.
  9. I registered online for the Sarasota Vaccine Registry and got a confirmation email. Is there a way to find out where I am on the list? Thank you.
    by Margaret on Jan 24, 2021.
  10. Hi Margaret, thank you for your question! I looked within the Everbridge registration site’s FAQ (https://member.everbridge.net/730492332670985/faq) to see if the question has been addressed there, but that does not appear to be the case. It has been reported, as of last Thursday the 21st, that over 68,000 Sarasota residents have been registered through the new system (https://www.mysuncoast.com/2021/01/21/doh-sarasota-releases-update-new-covid-vaccine-registration-system/). It is possible that you could be provided with information about your position in the queue if you inquire with the system’s hotline at 941-861-8297. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 941-861-1110 or chat with us! Edit (2/5/21): When you log into your Everbridge account, you should see an Account Number tied to your account. This number also serves as your place in the queue.
    by Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Selby, Sarasota County Libraries on Jan 25, 2021.
  11. If I am not over 65 and not a frontline health care worker, should I still register an account on Everbridge so that when they eventually do have vaccines available for the general public I will be in the system?
    by Sue on Feb 05, 2021.
  12. Hi Sue, thank you for your question! While it is possible to create an account and the account will receive an account number, which is an automated function in the system, any account created for an individual who does not meet the current state guidelines will be flagged and are not in the queue to receive appointments. The county is reviewing and finalizing its plan for if and/or when the state updates priority group guidelines. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at 941-861-1110 or chat with us!
    by Diego Hernandez-Calabria - Selby, Sarasota County Libraries on Feb 05, 2021.

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