Coronavirus Update

Watson Clinic COVID-19 Hotline: 863-680-7358
Polk County COVID-19 Hotline: 863-519-7911
Monday - Sunday 8 am - 5 pm
State of Florida COVID-19 Hotline: 866-779-6121
Open 24/7
 
We are pleased to announce that Watson Clinic has received a supply of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to immunize our patient population directly. Patients who are 18 years and older, who have not received their first COVID vaccination or need to schedule their second dose of the Moderna vaccine may schedule their appointment by calling 863-680-7190 or through their MyChart Patient Portal
 
 
Through Executive Order 21-79, Governor Ron Desantis has expanded the groups who are eligible to receive the vaccine. These orders include the following groups: 
 
  • ALL PERSONS 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE VACCINE IN FLORIDA

As of Monday, April 5, all Florida residents shall be eligible to receive any COVID-19 vaccine as prescribed by the Food and Drug Administration.

PERSONS AGES 16-17: The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and up. The Moderna vaccine is authorized for persons age 18 and up. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. To download a copy of the form, click here.

To see the latest Executive Order related to vaccine eligibility, click here.
 
Please consult this webpage at WatsonClinic.com/Coronavirus or our hotline at 863-680-7358 for frequent updates as they become available. 
 
To ensure the safety of yourself and others, masks or face coverings must be worn at all your Watson Clinic appointments. You may be asked to reschedule your appointment if you're not wearing a mask.
 
Coronavirus is a new infection that can cause mild to severe respiratory illness.
 
The Signs and Symptoms of Coronavirus are:
  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Symptoms can appear two to 14 days after exposure. Call your doctor if you have developed these symptoms or have been in contact with someone known to have COVID-19. 
 
All clinic locations are open for in-person patient appointments. If you are not feeling well or answer yes to any of these attached questions on the day of your scheduled appointment, we recommend changing your appointment to a Telemedicine Video Visit. This is a new system that allows you to visit with your doctor from the comfort of your own home.
 
For the health and safety of our patients and staff, we have placed screening desks at the entrances of most of our locations. You must wear a mask inside building. If you are symptomatic, you may be sent to one of the following locations for testing:

We are taking all the necessary precautions on behalf of patients, caregivers and our staff.

If you believe you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, we encourage you to call your doctor to discuss possible testing and care. In the absence of severe symptoms, you may be encouraged to self-isolate. If you experience chest pain, shortness of breath, or other potentially life-threatening issues, you should go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

Prevention

To prevent illness, the CDC recommends individuals and families follow everyday preventive measures:
  • Voluntary Home Isolation: Stay home when you are sick and avoid contact with individuals who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people as much as possible when out in public.
  • Respiratory Etiquette: Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can.
  • Hand Hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
  • Environmental Health Action: Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Treatment

There is an incubation period of two - 14 days.

For more information on Watson Clinic’s approach to COVID-19 testing and treatment, call our hotline at 863-680-7358

Post-COVID Clinic

Kathleen Haggerty, MD, a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist at Watson Clinic Main located at 1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd. in Lakeland, has established a post-COVID clinic to address the lingering symptoms faced by many patients in the aftermath of their infection. Click here for more information.
*Eligibility may be limited by Individual insurance plan requirements.
 
 
Available Brochures:
 
For more information:
The Department of Health has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage (floridahealthcovid19.gov/) for all of the most recent updates on the virus. This is the most up-to-date resource for information and guidance regarding COVID-19 in Florida.
 
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Polk County, residents can contact the Polk County Department of Health in Bartow by calling 863-519-7911 Monday through Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm.
 
The State of Florida has also established a dedicated COVID-19 Call Center. More information can be found by calling 1-866-779-6121 open 24/7, or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov.
 

Additional Links:

 
Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida Department of Health