About the Vaccine

About the Vaccine:

It’s important to note the allotment and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine are determined at the federal and state government level. Millennium is working closely with Florida officials to get the COVID-19 vaccine for our patients. However, given the limited number of doses, we encourage you to consider getting vaccinated at the various sites organized by the state.

Millennium has been approved by the Florida Department of Health to receive and administer the vaccine, and we’ve developed a safe and effective vaccination plan, focused on reaching our most vulnerable patients first.

We are happy now to join in partnership with the hospitals, pharmacies, and health departments as an additional avenue for some patients to receive their vaccine. We have just been allocated a very small quantity for those who meet the Florida Department of Health and CDC criteria of being 65 and over with multiple underlying conditions at most risk for COVID-19 complications.

We will proactively contact those of you who meet the criteria; it’s not necessary to call your doctor’s office. Since we do not know if there will be any additional COVID-19 vaccines allocated to us by the state, there is no ‘waiting list.’

Meanwhile, please continue to monitor availability at vaccination sites near you to get vaccinated at your earliest opportunity.

  • For a master list of statewide vaccinations sites, click here.
  • For participating Publix sites, click here.
  • To pre-register with the state as more vaccines become available, click here.

For COVID-19 Updates, text “covid19info” to 81411.

Do I still need to practice Social Distancing and wear a mask if I receive the vaccine?
Even if you get the vaccine, you should continue to wear a mask around others, wash your hands and practice physical distancing. With vaccines that require two doses, there are 3 or 4 weeks between doses to achieve the best possible immunity. The body doesn’t become immediately immune after the first dose. It takes at least a week to 10 days for the body to begin to develop antibodies, and then those antibodies continue to increase over the next several weeks. Additionally, these vaccines were developed and tested for their ability to prevent severe illness and death from COVID-19. It’s not yet clear whether they also protect against asymptomatic infection and spread.
Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?

Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19. Being protected from getting sick is important because even though many people with COVID-19 have only a mild illness, others may get a severe illness, have long-term health effects, or even die. There is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you, even if you don’t have an increased risk of developing severe complications.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way. Messenger RNA vaccines—also called mRNA vaccines—are the first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States. mRNA vaccines teach our cells how to make a protein that triggers an immune response. The mRNA from a COVID-19 vaccine never enters the nucleus of the cell, which is where our DNA is kept. This means the mRNA cannot affect or interact with our DNA in any way. Instead, COVID-19 mRNA vaccines work with the body’s natural defenses to safely develop immunity to disease.

Can you get the vaccine if you have recently had another vaccination such as flu or pneumonia vaccine?

You should wait a minimum of 30 days after another vaccine before getting the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Does the vaccine cause Bell’s palsy?

Cases of Bell’s palsy were reported in participants in the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. However, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not consider these to be above the rate expected in the general population. They have not concluded these cases were caused by vaccination. Therefore, persons who have previously had Bell’s Palsy may receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?

Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had COVID-19 infection. At this time, experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long. The CDC recommends you wait 90 days after recovering from COVID-19 before getting the vaccine.