The vaccine has arrived at select Sanitas locations!

COVID-19 vaccines continue to arrive in limited supply and are only available at select Sanitas locations by appointment only. If you haven’t already, pre-register for the vaccine to get in line and we’ll alert you when an appointment becomes available near you.

Being informed, being smart, and getting vaccinated is how we get back to normal faster.

Who is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination?

Each state’s phases vary slightly based on the needs of their population. Below is the CDC guidelines. To be notified when you are eligible for a vaccine at your local Sanitas, you can pre-register for the vaccine.

Phase 1a
  • Healthcare workers
  • Residents of long-term facilities
  • Select populations based on varied state guidelines
Phase 1b
  • Persons age 75+
  • Essential frontline workers (identified by the CDC)
Phase 1c
  • Persons ages 65+
  • Persons ages 16+ with chronic health conditions
  • Other essential workers
Phase 2
  • General population
  • We anticipate the vaccines will be available for the general population at our centers in Spring 2021

If you fall into a phase one group, we recommend contacting the local public health department for more information.

Find your COVID-19 state hotline ->

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Vaccine safety

  • COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson and Johnsnon, Pfizer and Moderna have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use 
  • The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, a newer technology that triggers an immune response without affecting or interacting with DNA
  • The development process was informed by decades of research
  • Clinical trials of vaccines were able to be safely and effectively sped up by mobilizing resources and using cutting-edge technologies
  • Other vaccines are still being developed and may be authorized soon

What we are doing to protect patients

Our medical centers have been updated for your health and safety.

  • Signage and floor markers to help you maintain a safe physical distance from others
  • Face coverings are required in our centers per CDC guidance
  • Regular cleaning of hard surfaces and frequently handled items between each patient visit
  • Protective panels at registration and checkout
  • Fewer signatures required
  • Expanded telehealth and care at home services
  • Also, Sanitas team members and medical staff are currently getting vaccinated, as we work closely with patients

COVID-19 Research and News

Looking for more? Browse additional COVID-19 resources to help you stay informed. Our doctors have also put together several articles to help you stay up to date.

See the latest news from the CDC
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Get informed through our COVID articles

COVID Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

The FDA has granted Emergency Use Authorization for the COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen (a Johnson and Johnson company) so far, with more in development. These vaccines are currently available to select populations. Eligibility criteria is set at the state level. Each state’s phases vary slightly based on the needs of their population. COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be available to the general population sometime Spring/Summer 2021.
For the most current eligibility for your state, please visit:

Sanitas Florida now has the single-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine, and has started sending notifications to eligible people who have pre-registered with us. Eligibility criteria is set by the state of Florida which can be viewed at: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccine-eligibility/
We are still waiting for vaccine supply at the Sanitas locations in Connecticut, New Jersey, Tennessee, and Texas. We are expecting to have vaccines available at our centers sometime Spring/Summer 2021.

The CDC has outlined a three-phased approach for the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

The vaccine is currently available to healthcare workers, residents of long-term care facilities and select high-risk populations that have been deemed eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by the CDC. When vaccines are more widely available, there will be increased access to the broader population.

We anticipate vaccines will be available for the general population sometime Spring/Summer 2021.

For the most current eligibility for your state, please visit:

Florida residents who are currently eligible can get their vaccine at Sanitas. Call 1-844-515-1800 to schedule an appointment. Proof of eligibility will be required. If you are not a current Sanitas patient, you can download a copy of the form for medically vulnerable citizens here
If you meet your state’s criteria to get the vaccine now and aren’t near a Sanitas location that has vaccine supply, you can call the state COVID-19 hotline to find out where the vaccine is available near you. Sanitas encourages all our high-risk patients to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

  • Florida: 866-779-6121
  • Texas: 211
  • Tennessee: 901-692-7523
  • New Jersey: 800-222-1222
  • Connecticut: Referring to Centers for Disease Control 1-800-232-4636
  • Vaccines have played an important role in protecting the health and safety of communities and nations throughout history. The approved COVID-19 vaccines have undergone rigorous, multiple phased testing by the manufacturers as well as comprehensive evaluation by the FDA of the scientific data, manufacturing process and distribution techniques required.
  • Learn how the federal government is ensuring the safety of COVID-19 vaccines at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety.html

According to the CDC and FDA, adverse reactions are usually mild to moderate in intensity and resolve within a few days.

Common side effect on the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Common side effects throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

In most cases, these common side effects are a normal sign that your body is building protection. It is not recommended to take any allergy or pain meds before vaccination for the purpose of trying to avoid side effects.
Contact your doctor or visit a Sanitas Urgent Care location if:

  • The redness or tenderness where you got the shot gets worse after 24 hours
  • Your side effects are worrying you 
  • Your side effects do not seem to go away after a few days
  • We don’t know the answer to this question at the current time with the data that is available. Per the Prescribing information we will not administer COVID-19 vaccine to individuals with known history of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Consult your primary care doctor to discuss this rare possibility and evaluate the risks before scheduling an appointment to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Three types of COVID-19 vaccines are currently or soon will be undergoing clinical trials in the United States: mRNA, Protein subunit and vector. Each uses different technologies that recognize and protect us from COVID-19. The CDC provides further information here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines/how-they-work.html

It depends on which COVID-19 vaccine you can get. 
The Johnson and Johnson/Janssen vaccine only requires one dose. 

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. The first shot will start building protection, and the second shot will help provide the most protection the vaccine offers. The waiting period between each dose will vary based on the manufacturer.

It is a 21-day period for Pfizer and a 28-day period for Moderna. This can vary by a few days to allow for scheduling follow up.

Yes. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services states that people without health insurance or whose insurance does not provide coverage of COVID-19 vaccines can also get a COVID-19 vaccine at no cost.

Sanitas encourages all our patients to get vaccinated as soon as possible except for patients with known history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Right now, the best vaccine is the vaccine you can get. 

Yes. Sanitas offers $0 COVID-19 rapid testing at select locations if you have insurance or qualify for the federal program for the uninsured. To find a Sanitas testing site near you and book a test, visit mysanitas.com/covid-testing

If you have symptoms or think you may have been recently exposed, you can book an appointment with a Sanitas provider on the mysanitas.com website, on the mySanitas Chat app or by calling 1-844-665-4827.

Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) authority allows the FDA to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic. It allows manufacturers to submit products including vaccines for review during the final stages of testing to allow the product to be available sooner when there are no adequate or available alternatives.

Yes. Clinical trials are evaluating COVID-19 vaccines in tens of thousands of studies participates in three (3) phases to generate the scientific data and other information needed by the FDA to determine safety and effectiveness. These clinical trials are conducted according to rigorous standards set forth by the FDA. There is also ongoing safety monitoring and reporting.

The most up-to-date and comprehensive information can be found at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus