New COVID-19 Mass Vaccination Center Now Open By Appointment Only in Milton

Posted on March 2, 2021 by Staff reports

Using CARES Act funds, Santa Rosa County leased the former Beall’s department store, located at 6209 Hwy. 90 in Milton, for a mass vaccination clinic, which is now open on weekdays by appointment only. No walk-ins visit are allowed. 
The county’s public safety department and the Santa Rosa County Department of Health will co-manage the facility with vaccine administration support from Ascension Sacred Heart.
Officials plan to administer 1,500 doses per week with the capability of administering more as vaccine supplies increase.
Pursuant to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ March 1 Executive Order update, vaccinations can be issued to:
  • 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
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff, persons 65 years of age and older; and health care personnel with direct patient contact are still eligible for the vaccine.

Additionally, DeSantis’ Executive Order update allows physicians, in addition to hospitals, to determine if a patient is “extremely vulnerable” to COVID-19 and complete a form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health, authorizing vaccinations. Individuals who believe they have serious underlying medical conditions should contact their primary care physicians regarding vaccination. Neither the local or state Department of Health nor Santa Rosa County staff can make determinations on underlying medical conditions.


Eligible Florida residents may register for the vaccine by calling ShareCare’s toll-free line, 866-201-7110 or online via: The TTY number for the deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1035. Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine their eligibility to schedule an appointment.

  • Operators will never ask for payment, credit card info, etc.
  • Residents who use a call screening app or device should consider disabling the function to ensure returned calls from the state are not blocked.
  • After the appointment is scheduled, residents will receive an email containing a QR code with their registration information and a consent form. The QR code cannot be shared – they are unique per registered individual.
  • To increase clinic efficiency, those who can print off and and bring their completed consent forms to appointments are requested to do so.
  • Residents who do not have a printer, smartphone or email address will still receive their vaccinations.
  • Individuals cannot arrive early for appointments.
  • Second shots will require a second consent form to be completed.


All individuals desiring to be vaccinated must meet the following state residency criteria, as outlined by Florida Statute 381.986(5)(b):

1. A resident must provide the department with a copy of his or her valid Florida driver license issued under s. 322.18 or a copy of a valid Florida identification card issued under s. 322.051.
2. A seasonal resident who cannot meet the requirements of the paragraph above may provide the department with a copy of two of the following that show proof of residential address:
  • a. A deed, mortgage, monthly mortgage statement, mortgage payment booklet or residential rental or lease agreement.
  • b. One proof of residential address from the seasonal resident’s parent, step-parent, legal guardian or other person with whom the seasonal resident resides and a statement from the person with whom the seasonal resident resides stating that the seasonal resident does reside with him or her.
  • c. A utility hookup or work order dated within 60 days before registration in the medical use registry.
  • d. A utility bill, not more than two months old.
  • e. Mail from a financial institution, including checking, savings or investment account statements, not more than two months old.
  • f. Mail from a federal, state, county, or municipal government agency, not more than two months old.