The Leon County Department of Health gave a community update on Jan. 4, 2021, about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in Leon County.
The Leon County Department of Health is working with its partners to distribute the vaccine and working under the guidance of the Florida Department of Health. The populations that are first in line to receive the vaccine during the initial phase of the distribution are care facility residents and staff, people 65 and older and health care professionals with direct patient contact.
The vaccine will be given at the Health Department’s vaccine clinic located on 2965 Municipal Way. There will be signs, traffic control and workers to guide patients through the drive-through during their appointment times. Patients will not leave their cars while being screened and receiving the vaccine. The vaccination process is expected to take between 30 and 40 minutes.
People who receive the first vaccine through the Department of Health will also receive an appointment for a second dose at the same time, as a second dose of the same brand of vaccine is required for maximum protection.
People 65 and older may be vaccinated through the Leon County Health Department or personal physicians. People 65 and older who are eligible to be vaccinated through the Leon County Health Department must submit an appointment request form to be contacted for an appointment. A delay for appointments should be expected because of the high number of requests being made. Appointments can be requested through this link: https://tinyurl.com/ycxwjxl4.
As additional doses become available, the vaccinations will be provided to the general public in a coordinated manner. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages people who are vaccinated to continue to wear masks in public, socially distance and avoid crowds to protect themselves and those around them.