huntington learning center

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

COVID 19 Vaccine and Teens

Florida residents ages 16 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, but as of publishing, it is currently paused by most providers in the State of Florida (see below).


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

Make an Appointment with Lakeland Regional Health

Visit or call 863-904-1895 to schedule an appointment. (The Polk Department of Health Portal is now closed as the health department shifts to walk-up vaccine sites. Lakeland Regional Health will continue to schedule anyone 16+ who wishes to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by appointment).

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 4/20/21). Visit the Publix website to make an appointment and check for updates.

Walmart COVID Vaccine

Walmart administers both Pfizer and Moderna (as of 4/20/21). Visit the Walmart website to make an appointment and check for updates.


CVS administers both Pfizer and Moderna (as of 4/20/21). Visit the CVS website to make an appointment and check for updates.

Walgreens COVID Vaccine

Walgreens administers both Pfizer and Moderna (as of 4/20/21). Visit the Walgreens website to make an appointment and check for updates.

Sam’s Club COVID Vaccine

Sam’s Club administers both Pfizer and Moderna (as of 4/20/21). 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 for upcoming walk-up COVID Vaccine sites. Be sure to find the event details to see if they are offering vaccinations for 16 or 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 Monday, April 5, all Florida residents ages 16+ 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 16 and up. Check the Florida Department of Health website for any updates to vaccine eligibility.

As of April 13, 2021, the state of Florida is pausing all Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccines per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the time being. Click here to learn more about the CDC and FDA guidance.

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 16 or 17-year-old is similar to an adult with two additional requirements:

  1. At the date of publishing (April 20, 2021) teens 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.

Read more Healthcare related articles from Lakeland Mom.