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Where to get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Lakeland + Polk County

COVID 19 Vaccine and Teens

Florida residents ages 12 and up are currently eligible to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine. Whether you are interested in making an appointment for the vaccine or prefer to visit a walk-up location on your own time, below are the places you can currently find the COVID-19 Vaccine in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Polk County.

When planning your vaccine appointment, remember that for both Moderna and Pfizer you will get an initial injection and then return for a booster injection. Pfizer is 21 days later and Moderna is 28 days later. Johnson and Johnson is a single dose.

Children ages 12 to 17 are currently only eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine. When making an appointment or visiting a walk-in location, be sure the Pfizer vaccine is available.


Where to get the COVID-19 Vaccine in Lakeland, Florida + Polk County, Florida

Lakeland Regional Health

Lakeland Regional Health is administering COVID-19 vaccines, designated by the state for those 12 years and older for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 18 and older for the Moderna vaccine.

To receive a vaccine, visit the Pablo Campus Urgent Care at 130 Pablo St. Lakeland, FL 33803 (next to Southgate shopping center). No appointment needed.

(The Polk Department of Health Portal is now closed as the health department shifts to walk-up vaccine sites).

Contact your primary health care provider

Call your doctor’s office or use the Patient Portal to inquire if they are distributing the COVID Vaccine.

Publix COVID Vaccine

Publix Pharmacy administers the Moderna vaccine (as of 6/23/21). Visit the Publix website to make an appointment. Publix is also now accepting walk-ins for the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida during pharmacy hours.

Walmart COVID Vaccine

Walmart administers Pfizer (12+), Moderna (18+), and Johnson & Johnson (18+). Visit the Walmart website to make an appointment and check for updates. Note that not all locations have all 3 vaccines available, the scheduling portal will show you what type is available at each location.


CVS administers Pfizer (12+), Moderna (18+), and Johnson & Johnson (18+) but only one type per location. Patients are able to see which CVS Pharmacy location has which vaccine and appointment availability on before scheduling, which is recommended especially when looking for an appointment for children ages 12–15 that require the Pfizer vaccine. Visit the CVS website or use the CVS app to make an appointment and check for updates. Walk-in appointments may also be available.

Walgreens COVID Vaccine

Walgreens administers Pfizer (12+), Moderna (18+), and Johnson & Johnson (18+). When scheduling an appointment, you will be able to see which manufacturer (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson (Janssen)) is being offered for a specific appointment location and date. To make an appointment and check for updates, visit the Walgreens website, call your local pharmacy or 1-800-925-4733.

Sam’s Club COVID Vaccine

Sam’s Club administers both Pfizer and Moderna. Appointments and walk-ins are available. Visit the Sam’s Club website to make an appointment and check for updates.

Local Pharmacies

Local retail pharmacies are administering the COVID-19 Vaccine. Call your nearest pharmacy or use the Vaccine Finder website to find a local pharmacy near you.

Maps – Find a COVID Vaccine Near Me

You can use the Vaccine Finder Website to find vaccine sites near you, but you still need to register directly with that provider (Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, local pharmacies, etc). This website allows you to search by vaccine type, but we do not know how up-to-date it is indicating if vaccines are in stock or not. We recommend checking directly with a location near you for current appointment availability.

The Florida Department of Health also has a Vaccine Finder map that shows where to get the COVID vaccine, but last we checked it does not specify which shot is available at which location (only relevant for teens).

Polk Department of Health Walk-Up COVID-19 Sites

Check the Polk Department of Health’s Twitter page or Website for upcoming walk-up COVID Vaccine sites. Be sure to find the event details to see if they are offering vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds on that specific date.

Homebound Individuals

Individuals who are homebound and wish to receive COVID-19 vaccine can email or call 866-779-6121 to schedule a home visit to administer the vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine?

As of May 12, 2021, all Florida residents ages 12+ are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration. The Moderna and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines are authorized for persons 18 years of age and older.  The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 12 and up. Check the Florida Department of Health website for any updates to vaccine eligibility.

How much does the COVID-19 Vaccine Cost?

The federal government is providing the vaccine at no cost. You will still be asked for your insurance information and your insurance may be billed for the fee to administer the vaccine, but you will receive the vaccine for free regardless of whether or not you have insurance or your type of insurance.

COVID-19 Vaccine + Teens

If you have questions about the COVID-19 Vaccine and Teens, read our recent Q&A with Dr. Escowitz of Lakeland Regional Health, or talk to your primary care provider.

The process of getting a COVID-19 Vaccine for a 12 to 17-year-old is similar to an adult with two additional requirements:

  1. At the date of publishing (May 12, 2021) ages 12 – 17 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine. Use the information above to find a location with the Pfizer Vaccine available.
  2. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form.

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