COVID-19 Vaccines for Veterinary Professionals -
The FVMA continues to advocate for veterinarians and their teams as essential health care workers to be given priority access to vaccines.

During this past year, the FVMA’s advocacy efforts resulted in veterinarians being successfully listed as essential workers and essential businesses in Governor DeSantis’s Executive Order 20-19. This designation allowed veterinary practices to continue providing important healthcare to our clients’ pets, equids and herds. With the release of the COVID-19 vaccine, we’ve received numerous questions about whether this status as an essential employee will allow for quicker access to the vaccine.

Florida has announced the launch of a statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 65 and older and frontline health care workers. Individuals can pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting

As vaccine supplies remain limited, appointments may not be available for several weeks in some counties. This resource allows eligible individuals to be proactively contacted when vaccine appointments are available at vaccination sites.

Each county has a designated phone number that individuals can call and pre-register if they do not have internet access. Please find the complete list of numbers by county here. Whether a resident calls by phone or visits, their place in line will be reserved reliably using Sharecare software.

Governor DeSantis signed an Executive Order (Executive Order Number 20-315) regarding the priority in which people will be able to receive the vaccine. Based on this Executive Order, the first phase of vaccine administration will be for the following populations:

    • Long-term care facility residents and staff;

    • Persons 65 years of age and older; and

    • Health care personnel with direct contact with human patients

    • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers.

If someone does not meet these eligibility requirements, they will not be able to pre-register.

On January 21, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees issued a Public Health Advisory prioritizing vaccine in Florida for Florida residents. Please find the public health advisory here.

Following the Level 1 vaccination effort, the next availability will be to the essential workers. This is the tier that veterinarians have occupied this past year. 

Registration to receive the vaccine at a county point-of-dispensing (POD) will be available. Registration forms will be accompanied by a short questionnaire to ensure patients are eligible based on defined priority groups. Vaccines will be available for insured patients with no copay, and uninsured patients will also have no direct charge to receive the vaccine.

Here are some important resources regarding vaccine updates:

Please know that the FVMA is actively fighting on behalf of the veterinary community to get veterinary professionals prioritized in the next phase of vaccine rollout.

Thank you for all you have done and continue to do during this difficult time.