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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Village COVID update as of August 30th

UPDATE: AUGUST 30

The facial covering requirement for entering Village-owned buildings remains in place, and the Village continues to recommend that residents follow all CDC guidelines to combat the virus.

UPDATE: August 9

Village Hall is open and facial coverings are required for everyone while inside Village facilities. They can be provided if necessary.

UPDATE: July 2, 2021

Village Hall is fully open again, and Council meetings will be open to the public with no restrictions. The use of facial coverings in Village-owned buildings is no longer REQUIRED, but it is still RECOMMENDED. 

Stay informed and up-to-date on COVID-19 with the latest operational updates for Palm Beach County here: http://ow.ly/6KcD30rHPiB

UPDATE: June 8, 2021

The Village & the Jewish Community Synagogue are helping the Fla. Division of Emergency Management provide COVID vaccine injections on Friday, June 11 from 9am to 3pm at the Village Community Center. JUST STOP BY, no appointment necessary. Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson available.

For the latest information from Palm Beach County government, including any Deparetment of Health updates, visit the County coronavirus webpage here: https://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx 

UPDATE: May 17, 2021

Village Hall is fully open again, and Council meetings will be open to the public with no restrictions. The use of facial coverings in Village-owned buildings is no longer REQUIRED, but it is still RECOMMENDED. 

Stay informed and up-to-date on COVID-19 with the latest operational updates for Palm Beach County here: http://ow.ly/6KcD30rHPiB

UPDATE: April 23, 2021

For free COVID-19 testing sites in Palm Beach County including antigen testing, please visit pbcgov.com/coronavirus.

UPDATE: April 6, 2021

People 16 and older are now eligible for vaccines

Providers administering any COVID-19 vaccine shall only vaccinate the following populations:

  •  All Floridians 18 and older are eligible to receive any COVID vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. 
  • All Floridians 16 and 17 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine only. 

Online appointment scheduling for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines

At 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7, the Health Care District of Palm Beach County will open 20,000 appointments for first-dose vaccination between Friday, April 9 through Saturday, April 17 for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Click here for that website 

The website lists the available dates, locations, vaccine brand and eligibility requirements at each of the Health Care District’s three mass vaccination sites at the South County Civic Center west of Delray Beach, the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens, and the South Florida Fairgrounds in suburban West Palm Beach. It is essential that individuals follow the state eligibility guidelines when scheduling to avoid being turned away at the sites. Individuals 16 years and 17 years old are eligible to self-schedule appointments for the Pfizer vaccine brand only. A parent or guardian must be present at the appointment of those who are 16 and 17 years old.

As additional vaccine and appointments are available, the Health Care District will continue to notify the community that the online self-scheduler is open. 

 For those without internet access, the Health Care District’s helpline at (561) 804-4115 is available to assist in English, Spanish and Creole. Appointments are based on vaccine availability.  

UPDATE: March 26, 2021

  • Palm Beach County has a new webpage listing all the vaccine options and locations in the County, whether by federal, state or county officials: See the webpage here:   https://discover.pbcgov.org/coronavirus/Pages/vaccine.aspx
  • Beginning Monday, March 29, people 40 years and older will be eligible for vaccination.
  • The Palm Beach County mask requirement remains in effect until at least March 18.

UPDATE: March 19, 2021

The Village of North Palm Beach and the Jewish Community Synagogue are assisting the Florida Division of Emergency Management in providing COVID vaccine injections on Wednesday, March 24th at the Village Community Center, 1200 Prosperity Farms Road.


Appointments cannot be taken by telephone, so please do not call the Village, the Synagogue or the Community Center. Eligibility requirements, signup and details here: http://bit.ly/3vGiTMj


UPDATE: March 16

Vaccines for homebound seniors

The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) recently announced a new way for homebound seniors to sign up to have a COVID-19 vaccine come directly to them. 

E-mail HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com with your name and phone number to put in your request. Someone from the Florida Division of Emergency Management will contact you within 72 hours to collect more information and schedule your appointment. At this time, the Department of Emergency Management is not accepting phone calls for homebound vaccination appointments.

People 60 and older now eligible

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County has expanded COVID-19 vaccination appointment requests to adults 60 years and older. Those eligible to be vaccinated now include: 

  • People 60 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; 
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older; and
  • People deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 as determined by a physician who provides an attestation that the patient meets the Department of Health eligibility criteria described on this form

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UPDATE: March 11

The PBC Community Services Department's online portal for Emergency Rental Assistance is open. Eligible PBC residents must be a renter household in which at least one or more individuals meet specific requirements. Apply here: http://ow.ly/oy7z50DUGpD 

Vaccination sites

Here's a quick summary of the various Palm Beach County vaccination sites and the requirements to register for each. The list includes links to each provider:

If you are:

  • Long-term care facility resident and staff
  • Person 65 years of age and older (60 years of age and older effective 3/15)
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employee 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement officer 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighter 50 years of age and older
  • Person deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers


You can get vaccinated here:


If you are:

K-12 school employee, daycare and preschool worker or staff regardless of age

 

You can get vaccinated here:


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UPDATE: March 8, 2021

Homebound Resident Testing

Residents who believe they are eligible for the in-home COVID-19 testing option should call (561) 712-6400 for a pre-qualifying assessment. The testing line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Eligible residents include homebound elderly or individuals with disabilities who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and cannot leave their homes to access one of the drive-up or walk-up test collection sites. 

How will homebound seniors receive COVID-19 vaccinations?

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County (DOH-Palm Beach) is developing plans to address Homebound seniors and anticipates a partnership with partners that will reach out to these individuals. As with all groups of individuals, timing of these efforts is completely dependent upon vaccine availability.

The State COVID-19 Call Center phone number is (866) 779-6121. The email address is COVID-19@flhealth.gov and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For their website, visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov.

Appointment line for seniors over 65 who do not have access to a computer: (866) 201-6754.

Health Care District/Palm Beach County Vaccination Information

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County, in partnership with Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the State of Florida, is now administering COVID-19 vaccines throughout the county. The Health Care District is now accepting requests for vaccination per the Governor’s amended order for:

  • Persons 65 years of age and older;
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact;
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older;
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older; 
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older; and
  • Persons deemed extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 as determined by a physician who provides an attestation that the patient meets the defined eligibility criteria outlined in this form.

Once the appointment request form is submitted, individuals will be placed in a virtual waiting room for scheduling on a first-come, first-serve basis, dependent upon vaccine availability. All registrations must be completed electronically at vaccine.hcdpbc.org. For those with no internet access, the Health Care District’s helpline at 561-804-4115 is available to assist in English, Spanish and Creole.  

All individuals presenting for a vaccination will need to bring identification for age verification and a work badge, if applicable.  Individuals 18 years and older who are deemed medically vulnerable to COVID-19 will also need to bring the Department of Health-approved form [ww11.doh.state.fl.us], as attested by their licensed physician, with them to their vaccination appointment. 

The Health Care District has completed scheduling nearly all individuals who were on the Department of Health-Palm Beach County’s (DOH) waiting list and who also confirmed that they still wanted appointments. Individuals who believe they were on the DOH waitlist, but were not contacted for an appointment can submit a new appointment request and check “Yes” in the box indicating they were on the waitlist. The Health Care District will verify and prioritize accordingly.   

All individuals who submitted an appointment request prior to March 1st and who do not currently have a scheduled appointment at one of the Health Care District’s vaccination sites must complete and submit a new online appointment request form at vaccine.hcdpbc.org and indicate in the box “Reason for Appointment” which of the above categories best applies. 

Veterans at VA

The West Palm Beach VA is offering the Covid-19 vaccine to all veterans (regardless of age) who receive care at the VA. The vaccine is offered by appointment and on a walk-in basis at Building 14 on the main campus in West Palm Beach from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday. They are offering the vaccine by appointment only at select CBOCs. Veterans must already receive care at VA to get the COVID-19 Vaccine and be able to return to the same site for their second dose.

For more information visit www.westpalmbeach.va.gov/services/covid-19-vaccines.asp.  

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UPDATE: February 26 at 10 a.m.

Publix vaccine window is open

COVID-19 vaccine appointments can now be booked (online only) at Publix while their appointment window is active. Must be 65 or older on date of the appointment; or health care personnel with direct patient contact; or a resident of a long-term care facility; or a staff member of a long-term care facility.  Unknown how long window will remain open so prompt action is recommended:  https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/booknow

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UPDATE: February 23, 2021

County vaccine center now open in North County

Palm Beach County officials held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the opening of a vaccine center in Palm Beach Gardens that will be available to Village residents beginning Wednesday, February 24, -- by appointment only -- for people 65 and older. The website to sign up for an appointment is: http://vaccine.hcdpbc.org/

Watch the press conference here

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UPDATE: February 19, 2021

Facial coverings still required

The facial coverings mandate in Palm Beach County has been extended an additional 30 days to mid-March. County health officials say compliance has been generally good at area businesses and establishments, with spring vacation on the horizon and new variants of COVID-19 surfacing, it is important to continue to observe safety precautions and social distancing.

Vaccine site opening in PBG

Palm Beach County government reports a third large-scale vaccination site will open Wednesday, February 24 at the Burns Road Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens, contingent upon vaccine availability. The site will be operated by the Health Care District and will concentrate on individuals who are on the Florida Department of Health waiting list. Those eligible to be vaccinated will be contacted. Vaccines will be given by appointment only. Address is 4404 Burns Road in Palm Beach Gardens. More PBC info here: http://bit.ly/3dxJaWD

JMC has limited supply of vaccines for those with specific conditions

Jupiter Medical Center has received a limited supply of Moderna vaccine. The focus is on patients age 18-64, residing in Palm Beach or Martin Counties and have one or more of of the conditions listed here: http://bit.ly/37xUfmG

Publix vaccine signup window closed until shipments arrive

There are no more first dose COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled at Publix stores until vaccine allotments arrive. Only second dose appointments will continue as scheduled.: https://www.wptv.com/coronavirus/publix-cancels-fridays-covid-19-vaccine-appointment-window  

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Update: February 12 at 12 p.m.

NEW INFO AS OF FEBRUARY 12: Publix will now open their vaccine appointment webpage on Mondays, in addition to Wednesdays and Fridays, and several other retail pharmacies say they will schedule COVID vaccine appointments.

Update: February 9 at 5 p.m.

Increasing numbers of retail pharmacies in Palm Beach County are announcing plans to provide COVID vaccines, while the Florida Department of Health continues its distribution plan announced on January 29.

Florida Department of Health

You can preregister with the Florida Department of Health for a vaccine and get a call back when appointments are available -- if you are a frontline healthcare worker or are 65 or older. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 201-6754 or visit MyVaccine (fl.gov) 

Retail vaccine providers

Several retail providers now have webpages set up for the public to make vaccine appointment requests. Governor Ron DeSantis said Tuesday the retailers will begin distributing the vaccines on Friday, February 12. However, only Publix is listed on the Governor's announcement as having a distribution site in Palm Beach County as of Tuesday, February 2. 

The announced retailers are:

Each website has instructions specific to its respective retail pharmacy.  According to the Governor's Office, these retail pharmacy sites will offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 65 years of age and older, as well as frontline health care workers. The federal government determines allocations for each location.

See the Governor's February 9th announcement

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Update: January 29 at 6:00 p.m.

The Florida Department of Health has a new way to sign up for a COVID vaccine. You can now preregister for a vaccine and get a call back when appointments are available -- if you are a frontline healthcare worker or are 65 or older. To schedule an appointment, call (866) 201-6754 or visit myvaccine.fl.gov. 

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Update: January 28 at 9:45 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County says anyone looking to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine should use a Publix pharmacy. Booking availability is sporadic, so check often. The Village Fire Department still has no supplies.

  • The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County says anyone looking to make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine should use a Publix pharmacy. There are 67 locations in Palm Beach County. 
  • Appointments times are currently all booked, but Publix says their appointment webpage will re-open at 6 a.m. Friday, January 29. That webpage is: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine.. Booking availability is sporadic, so check often for changes.
  • You may submit your Publix pharmacy related questions at this link: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/vaccine-faqs.html
  • The Village Fired Department has no vaccine supplies and is not distributing any at this time.

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County vaccine webpage

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Update: January 25 at 1:30 p.m.

  • COVID-19 vaccine appointments at Publix are booked. Publix recommends checking again Wednesday, January 27 after 6 a.m. for next opportunity: bit.ly/2NA4nV3 
  • The Village Fire Department still has no vaccine supply, so appointments are NOT being taken.
  • It is unknown when supplies will be received,  or when any Village appointments can be made.

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Update: January 20 at 1:15 p.m.

The North Palm Beach Fire Department will provide COVID-19 vaccines to Village residents 65 and older, in accordance with CDC and Florida Department of Health guidelines, once vaccines become available.

The Fire Department does not have any vaccine supplies at this time, and any that will be obtained will come from the Florida Department of Health, which is working with fire departments throughout the county to provide the vaccines. The date of the next delivery of the vaccine to the Department of Health, and then to the local fire departments, is unknown at this time.  

That information, as well as information about how to sign up for a vaccination by the Village Fire Department, will be publicized once it is available. Notice will be posted on the Village website, in Village social media, and by text through the "Stay Notified" section of the Village webpage. However, at this time, there is no way to sign up for a vaccine from the Village Fire Department.

To get text or email updates about the Village's COVID response and vaccine distribution arrangements, go to the Village's "Stay Notified" webpage. You will have to enter an email address first to create an account, then a cell phone number if you want text messages. Then under the "Notify Me" category, select the email icon or the cell phone icon next to "Severe Weather, Public Health & Safety Notices" to begin receiving messages. Both options can be selected if you want both. You will get a confirmation email from listserv@civicplus.com asking you to approve the service, or a text asking you to reply with YES.

Once a notice is sent out that the vaccine program has begun and appointments are being taken to get vaccinated by the Village Fire Department, time slots are likely to fill up rapidly, just as in other communities throughout the county. Appointments will be arranged on a first-come, first-served basis through an online booking platform that will be accessed through the Village website once the vaccines are available. This will be the only way to make an appointment for vaccinations by the Village Fire Department. The number of vaccines the Village will receive on first delivery is unknown, so there is no way to know how many people can be served at this time. 

There is no fee for this vaccine, which will be distributed at the Village Community Center.

Other Palm Beach County vaccine resources

The Florida Health Department in Palm Beach County currently has a full waiting list for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTING ADDITIONAL APPOINMENTS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

See a summary of the Palm Beach County COVID vaccine program status

Future updates

Please continue to monitor this page and the Village social media for updates. The response to COVID-19 locally and nationwide is a rapidly evolving scenario and changes to this plan may occur at any time.

Social media accounts

For more information, contact:
Ed Cunningham
Communications Manager
Village of North Palm Beach
Email: ecunningham@village-npb.org


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