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Charlotte County COVID-19 Vaccine Information

 Dec 14 - Mar 01, 2021

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Appointments for vaccination can be made online by going to

Schedules for appointments are created one week at a time.
One appointment per person.

All appointments are full at this time.  More appointments will be announced when the become available.


The CharCoCares text system provides local updates related to COVID-19, area resources and opportunities as they become available. This system will also be used to share updates and announcements about vaccine availability.

Simply text CharCoCares to 888-777 on your smartphone to opt in. The service is free; message and data rates may apply.

All individuals who have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine through the Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County will be contacted to schedule their second dose.

Please do not make a secondary appointment through the appointment site, unless directed to do so.

Vaccination Information:

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County (DOH-Charlotte) is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to high-risk frontline healthcare workers and to those 65 and older. The drive-thru clinics will be held at the Harold Ave Regional Park, located at 23400 Harold Ave., Port Charlotte, FL beginning at 9:00 a.m.

DOH-Charlotte has a limited number of appointments available. The site is supported by Charlotte County Emergency Management and Charlotte County EMS.

Appointments for vaccination can be made online by going to We recognize these slots will fill up quickly and as soon as we receive more vaccines, we will continue to vaccinate our community.

If all days are grey and crossed out or the appointment calendar is not visible on the website, then there are no appointments available for the current or following week. Please check again the following Wednesday.

There is no fee for the vaccine.  Identification is required. If you are a healthcare worker, please bring identification and a copy of your ID badge or a current paystub.

Vaccination is not recommended if:

  • You are currently experiencing COVID-19 like symptoms or any other illness. (Please wait until you are symptom free for 24 hours)
  • You have had COVID-19 within the last 90 days.  (Please check back after 90 days)



During the first phase of vaccine administration, vaccinations will go to the following populations:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 65 years of age and older; and
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Updates on the timeline for the general public
will be provided as those plans become available.

As it becomes available to the public, non-Florida residents
will not be treated any differently than permanent residents of Florida. 

Check back for the most up-to-date information for Charlotte County.


V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
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CDC has created a way for you to report how you feel after COVID-19 vaccination through a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to check in with you.

Learn more about v-safe after vaccination health checker.


COVID-19 Test Site Locations & information

Should I be tested for COVID-19? Before you decide to make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19, please consider the following:

  • Are you ill, or caring for someone who is ill?
    • In the two weeks before you felt sick, did you:
    • Have contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
  • Do you have any of the following?
    • Fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating)
    • Cough            
    • Sore throat
    • Muscle aches or body aches
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Change in smell or taste
  • In the last two weeks have you spent time (visited, worked or volunteered) in a hospital, emergency room, clinic, medical office, long-term care facility or nursing home, ambulance service, first responder services, any health care setting or taken care of patients or someone who has been sick?
  • Do you have any of the following conditions?
    • Chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, or smoking
    • Serious heart conditions
    • Weakened immune system (cancer treatment, prolonged use of steroids,  transplant or HIV/AIDS)
    • Severe obesity (Body Mass Index [BMI] greater than or equal to 40)
    • Underlying conditions (diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease) 
    • Please stop the spread of COVID-19:
  • If you have been tested for COVID-19, please stay at home until you receive your test results.
  • Follow social distancing, even when you are at work and home (especially if someone in your home is sick)
  • Stay at home if you are sick, or if you have been around someone who has been sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes; cough or sneeze into a tissue NOT in your hands!
  • Cover your face with a cloth face covering when you are in public or around others.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Avoid travel to higher risk areas (areas known to have high numbers of cases)

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. There is also a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida with active cases and number of deaths in each facility.

The surveillance data, long term care data and information on a case-by-case basis can be found at:

For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website, this website is also available in Spanish and Creole.

 The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 | 1 (866) 779-6121 |


Additional Information

The Florida Department of Health continues to see new positive cases across the State, please visit for the most current case count and county specific data.

The Florida Department of Health issued an additional Public Health Advisory June 20 in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. Please click here to see the full advisory and recommendations.

DOH Charlotte recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

The Florida Department of Health reminds everyone that the elderly and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes are more likely to develop serious illness.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.


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