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DOH Leon Provides Week 33 Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

By Pamela Saulsby

August 16, 2021

DOH Leon Provides Week 33 Update on COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts 

DOH Leon Provides Week 33 Updates on COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

TALLAHASSEE, FL --- The Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Leon County government, Tallahassee-Leon County Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Task Force, Florida A & M University, Florida State University and other key partners, continues its mission to get all eligible Leon County residents vaccinated as quickly, safely, and equitably as possible. All of this as we continue unprecedented work to limit the spread of the virus and protect public health and safety.

This week, actions to continue a proactive approach to vaccination efforts in Leon County include the following as of August 13, 2021:

DOH Leon Vaccination Clinic Highlights:

  • We have so far sponsored 54 vaccination clinics.
  • We have directly vaccinated more than 30,000 people since activating our clinics last December.
  • The department added an additional day for vaccinations at 1515 Old Bainbridge Road: Every Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Our Tuesday vaccination clinic continues operations from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Appointments are not necessary.  Those who receive a vaccination will also receive a $10 gift voucher for grocery shopping while supplies last.

The Leon County Vax Map helps citizens find convenient locations that offer COVID-19 vaccinations. The online easy-to-use resource allows users to select a location from the existing map or search for a known address. In addition, local COVID-19 testing sites can also be found on the Leon County “Vax Map.”

The DOH Leon Community Health and Planning team is working with partners to bring mobile pop-up COVID-19 vaccination events to smaller, targeted segments of our community.  There will be a free COVID-19 vaccination event this Saturday, August 14, from 10:00 am. until 12:00 p.m. at The Time Saver Convenience Store in Tallahassee, 519 West Brevard Street. This is part of a back-to-school backpack giveaway celebration. Several more COVID-19 vaccine outreach events are being finalized with community and faith-based organizations. Please see informational flyers attached.

COVID-19 CDC replacement vaccination record cards can be requested at the health department. Medical staff at the R & S Clinic (1515 Old Bainbridge Road) can help residents with the process during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Individuals who have lost or damaged their cards can get assistance regardless of where they received their dose.

Community partners continue programs offering free rides to help people reach their COVID-19 vaccine appointments.  2-1-1 Big Bend and Lyft are offering transportation to COVID-19 vaccination sites through the Lyft Ride United Program. The project provides safe and reliable door to door rides to COVID-19 vaccine appointments at walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites to those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. Rides can be set up by calling (850) 617-6325 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Additionally, Tallahassee’s Elder Care Services continues helping residents 60 years of age and older get to community vaccination sites. They can call (850) 921-5554 to schedule transportation. Individuals do not have to be officially enrolled in the Elder Care Services Program to take advantage of this opportunity.

COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (August 6 - August 12): Leon County has a known total of 39,815 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has decreased to 15.8% with 2,401 new cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 147,141 people. Additionally, 55% of eligible people in Leon County have received at least one dose of vaccine. An overview of all Florida counties will be updated today and posted at: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

COVID-19 vaccine education to our citizens remains a priority as we work to carefully address misinformation. Key messaging centers on the latest scientific data proving that the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be vital to ending the pandemic, including combating the recent case increases nationally and globally. Vaccine benefits include:

  • Significantly reducing the risk of contracting the virus even if you are exposed.
  • Teaching your body how to fight the virus.
  • Reducing the risk of severe symptoms, hospitalization, and death if you contract the virus.
  • Minimizing the ability for the virus to spread, especially to our most vulnerable populations.
  • Fighting against emerging variants that can cause worse symptoms and spread.

 

Homebound individuals are encouraged to sign up and receive a COVID-19 vaccine at their home. Individuals can begin the registration process by calling 833-930-3672 or email homeboundvaccines@cdrmaguire.com. Find and complete a pre-screening survey at: https://homebound.patientportalfl.com/.  Only individuals who meet the U.S Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services criteria for homebound, are currently eligible for the vaccine.

 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. Please note that the state’s call center will end operations at the end of August. COVID-19 inquiries will transition back to county health departments. Leon County residents with general questions about COVID-19 or the COVID-19 vaccine can call 850-404-6300, option 1. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

About the Florida Department of Health

 The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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Submitted by:

Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer