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DOH Leon COVID-19 Vaccine Update Jan22

January 21, 2021

DOH Leon COVID-19 Vaccine Update Jan22 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2021

 

DOH Leon COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Tallahassee, FL---   The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) continues to work closely with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management to provide our community with COVID-19 vaccinations in a safe and efficient manner. This, as we continue all our responses around COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and public health surveillance during the pandemic. The information below contains some of the latest updates as of January 21.

 

DOH Leon Vaccination Clinic Details as of Thursday, January 21

We have had nine DOH Leon sponsored vaccination clinics.

We have successfully administered more than 6,084 vaccines through our health department to date.

Appointments are mandatory and a photo identification card is required.

Our actions are in response to the Governor’s  executive order making it clear that the state of Florida is prioritizing seniors 65 and older, in addition to front line health care workers and residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities.

The DOH Leon vaccine team will be supplied with 7,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this week.  They will be used to vaccinate 1,940 individuals with a first dose and 5,860 people with a second dose of vaccine. The department will redistribute doses to enrolled provider partners to support second dose vaccinations as well as limited first dose for health care workers and individuals 65 years and older.  

 Leon County Emergency Management continues to leverage its emergency alert technology to help DOH Leon reach thousands who registered for the COVID-19 vaccine. The Everbridge mass notification system is being activated to provide instructions for second dose appointments with DOH Leon COVID-10 vaccine clients.   The first contact will be a phone call followed by a text message. If individuals confirm the call it will not cycle through to a text. Receiving the second dose is a critical step in the COVID-19 vaccine process. Both vaccinations are necessary to trigger the maximum immune response against COVID-19. 

 Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare launches its series “State of COVID-19- A Community Update” this Friday, January 22. This virtual event will collectively bring together local community experts to provide weekly updates on the impact of COVID-19 in our community.  This Friday’s Zoom Talk focuses on vaccines and features the following speakers:

- Mayor John Dailey, the City of Tallahassee 

- Chairman Rick Minor, Leon County Commission

- Dean Watson, MD, Chief Integration Officer at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare & Capital Health Plan
- Temple O. Robinson, MD, Chief Executive Officer at Bond Community Health Center, Inc.
- Claudia Blackburn, MPH, RN, Health Officer at the Leon County Department of Health
- Trey Blake, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Capital Regional Medical Center
- Jeanne’ Freeman, Chief Executive Officer at Neighborhood Medical Center

 To register, visit https://www.tmh.org/calendar/tmh-events/covid19-community

The Leon County COVID-19 vaccine team wants to hear from clients who might not have been given a second appointment or may have forgotten the date.  At this time, they can send an email to LeonCHD.Feed-back@flhealth.gov . Type “second dose” in the subject line. In the body of the email, put your name, date of first dose and brand of the vaccine.  Clients will be emailed an appointment for the second dose.

DOH Leon vaccination clinics operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinics are by appointment only and may require changes based on vaccine supply and inclement weather. Vaccination clinics are held at:

            DOH Leon Administration Building

            2965 Municipal Way

            Tallahassee, FL  32304

DOH Leon continues its response to the latest COVID-19 surge in the community. We are doubling down on all the tools we have at our disposal to stop the spread of the virus. We are working with local media partners and Leon County’s virtual Joint Information Center (JIC) to help amplify public messaging about the importance of continued use of health and safety protocols that include: wearing a mask, physical distancing, washing hands frequently, and staying home if sick.

The Florida Department of Health has issued a COVID-19 vaccine report that will be updated daily.  This report includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine by county, race, sex, and age. Find the COVID-19 vaccine report here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

For any additional questions related to the vaccine, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov,

The Department of Health is offering phone text alerts for vaccination distribution updates.  Residents can sign up for updates about vaccine availability by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777. 

 

About the Florida Department of Health

The Florida Department of Health, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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Media Contact:

Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer