As the supply of vaccines increases, the state continues to modify who is eligible for the shots. 

Currently, that includes persons 65 and older; K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older; sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; and firefighters 50 years of age and older.

Under federal law, all teachers in Florida are also eligible beginning this week as well as persons under 65 who are deemed “medically vulnerable” by a physician. 

The medically vulnerable must have a signed form and can only obtain the vaccine at federal vaccination sites or a pharmacy that is participating in the federal retail pharmacy program, which in Monroe County are Publix and Winn-Dixie. The form is available by searching “COVID-19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability” on an internet search engine. (Vaccines for individuals who are medically vulnerable are not available through registration at or the local hospitals.)

The closest federally supported vaccination site to Monroe County is Miami Dade Community College. For more information about vaccines in Monroe County, visit

By March 15, eligibility for the vaccine is expected to be available to anyone who is 60 years or older in Florida. 

As of March 10, 8,356 residents in Monroe County have received both doses of the vaccine. 

— Weekly staff report


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