Once the COVID-19 vaccines are made available to the general public outside of frontline workers and long-term care facilities, the dosages are going to be tracked using a website called Florida SHOTS. It records all vaccination records, and has sections for both health care providers and pharmacists.
Doctors have so far found it effective in tracking vaccines; it’s proven especially vital for the COVID-19 vaccine which requires two doses. The portal breaks down specifics of who administered it, when and even what batch it came from.
“We used to be looking at several pieces of paper from seven different doctors with bad handwriting, and ‘Was it a two, or a four?’ Or ‘What day was that, does it count? We’re not sure,'” said Dr. Nicole Bruno with Island Coast Pediatrics. “It really was hard to keep track of. This is why so many things have gone electronic, because you can clearly see dates, times of administration, see timelines.”
For the two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the site shows when you got the last one and when you are due for the second booster. For Pfizer’s vaccine, you need to get the second dose after 21 days, Moderna’s after 28 days.
“It’ll help us keep accurate accounts of who got it, who received it, who hasn’t received it, what batch they received,” Bruno said. “So we are starting fresh here with different vaccines and types and lot numbers. You can literally link it down to what vial did it come from, if something were to come up with a side effect from a batch.”
Bruno says most Florida daycares and schools already have access to this program as well.