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DOH Leon Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Report

By Pamela Saulsby

February 19, 2021

DOH Leon Releases COVID-19 Vaccine Update 

The Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) in partnership with the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Division of Emergency Management continues to work to provide our community with COVID-19 vaccinations as effectively and equitably as we possibly can with limited supply. This, as we continue all our responses related to limiting the spread of the virus and protecting public health.

DOH Leon Vaccination Clinic Highlights as of February 19:

Winter storms have not impacted vaccine clinics scheduled this week.

We have administered more than 14,100 doses through our health department to date.

We have had 17 DOH Leon sponsored vaccination clinics.

We continue an essential medical partnership with Florida State University. The DOH Leon vaccine team is transferring doses to FSU allowing the school to schedule appointments for clinics at the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center.

Our actions are in accordance with the Governor’s  executive order  to offer the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 65 years of age and older, as well as frontline health care workers.

 

Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in late December Leon County has administered a total of 60,193 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. 38,487 people have been vaccinated. 22,606 individuals have fully completed their vaccination series against COVID-19.

DOH Leon is scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments through the state’s registration system.  Eligible seniors can start the process by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/. It allows residents to pre-register for vaccine appointments. The system will notify those who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when appointments are available by text, email, or phone call.  Those without internet access can call 866-200-3856.  For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1455.  Additionally, there is now a helpline for Leon County residents with questions about the new appointment system: Call 833-540-2054. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

DOH Leon vaccination clinics operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clinics are by appointment only and a government-issued photo ID is required. The schedule is subject to change based on vaccine supply and inclement weather. Vaccination clinics are held at:

            DOH Leon Administration Building

            2965 Municipal Way

            Tallahassee, FL  32304

 

A house of worship in Leon County is making plans to host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic this weekend. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee will open the doors of its Family Life Center tomorrow, February 20, to help distribute the vaccine to eligible church members as well as to the community. We have attached a flyer for your awareness. This is part of an initiative from Governor DeSantis, who has tasked the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health with identifying places of worship and other locations in underserved communities where the COVID-19 vaccine may be administered.

new bethel

 

Community partners offer rides to seniors with appointments to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Leon County, through agency partners part of the Big Bend Community Organizations Active in Disaster (Big Bend COAD), will help coordinate transportation to get seniors to those crucial appointments. Any Leon County senior unable to secure transportation should contact VolunteerLEON at (850) 606-1970 to receive a referral to a faith-based organization for a volunteer driver. Anyone seeking assistance should have already tried to secure transportation through family and friends and must have a vaccination appointment scheduled at an upcoming clinic.

 

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare continues its series “State of COVID-19 Community Update” at noon this Friday, February 19. This virtual chat collectively brings together local community health and government leaders for an open conversation about COVID-19.  Get the latest news about vaccine distribution in Leon County, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and a situation update on COVID-19 cases today beginning at noon. Register for the webinar at TMH.ORG/CovidTalk

 

DOH Leon is seeing most of the major metrics used to measure the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact going down. COVID-19 hospitalizations have declined. So far this week, we have seen only a slight increase in our COVID-19 test positivity rate, to 4.48%. We are seeing a decrease in the average number of new cases since the holiday surge, including a significant decrease in cases of seniors in the 65 and over age group (two week rolling average 12/27/20-2/13/21: 7.9% to 3.1%). Sadly, there have been 13 new COVID-19 deaths in Leon County since the last vaccine update bringing the total number of Leon County residents who have died from the virus to 269. Find more data and summary information specific to Leon County here.  Additionally, there have been no new confirmed cases of the UK COVID-19 variant in Leon County.  We stand at three cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. Data suggest this variant may be more contagious than the original virus but does not suggest that it causes more severe disease. Current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be effective against this and other mutations.

The Florida Department of Health issues a COVID-19 vaccine report that is updated daily.  This report includes information on the COVID-19 vaccine by county, race, sex, and age. The site also includes all available resources that we have on the state vaccination plan. Find the COVID-19 vaccine report here: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

For any additional questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov  and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

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Media Contact:

Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer

Pamela.saulsby@flhealth.gov