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COVID-19 Vaccine

Planned Parenthood encourages people to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as they are able. It offers a safe and effective way to fight this dangerous pandemic and build a strong, healthy future for you, your family, and community.

Getting vaccinated is an important step toward ending the pandemic and keeping yourself and your community safe and healthy. You can get the COVID-19 vaccine no matter your income, immigration status, or whether or not you have health insurance.

Information on this page was updated July 20, 2021

We are proud to offer COVID-19 vaccines at our Sarasota and Lakeland Locations.

Supplies are Limited. Schedule online. 

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COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs

Which COVID-19 vaccine does Planned Parenthood offer?

We are offering the Jassen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine. 

Who is eligible for the vaccine?

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in individuals 18 years of age and older under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). But all people in Florida age 12 and up are eligible for some of the COVID-19 vaccines. For detailed information about which vaccines are approved for different populations visit the Florida Department of Health's eligibility page. 


How much does the COVID-19 vaccine cost?

The cost of the actual vaccine is covered by the federal government.

Most insurance plans will cover the full cost of administering the vaccine, so you don’t pay anything out-of-pocket. If you have questions about coverage, please contact your insurance company.

If you don’t have insurance, you do not need to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine.

Do I need insurance to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. You don’t need insurance to get the vaccine at no cost to you. However, if you are insured, please bring your insurance information. Most insurance plans cover the full cost of administering the vaccine, so you don’t pay anything out-of-pocket.

How many shots will I need?

The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine is given as a single dose. There is no second dose needed for this vaccine, so you will not need a followup appointment. 

How does COVID-19 relate to sexual health care?

Great question! To learn more about COVID-19 and your sexual health, visit the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s website.

Jassen COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet

Updated July 8, 2021.

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Getting Vaccinated

How to prepare your appointment and what to expect

  1. If you are displaying any of the following symptoms on the day of your appointment please reschedule it: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.
  2. Face masks or other face coverings are required to enter our health center. 
  3. The COVID-19 vaccine is free regardless of insurance coverage, but if you have insurance, please bring your card with you. 
  4. Plan to be at our health center for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. The Jassen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine will be administered to you by an injection in your upper arm. Please review this information sheet for detailed information about efficacy of this vaccine and possible side effects. 
  6. After you receive your shot you will be provided with a COVID-19 vaccination record card.
  7. You will need to remain in the health center for 15-30 minutes after your injection to see if you have any negative reaction to it. 
  8. Common side effects include: 
    • Injection site pain, redness, swelling

    • Headache
    • Fatigue
    • Body aches
    • Nausea