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COVID-19 Updates and Resources

By Pamela Saulsby

December 29, 2020

DOH Leon COVID-19 Information and Resources 

Update, August 12, 2022

CDC streamlines COVID-19 guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk

On August 11, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced new COVID-19 guidelines to help people better understand their risk, how to protect themselves and others, what actions to take if exposed to COVID-19, and what actions to take if they are sick or test positive for the virus.

The new guidance eliminates quarantines and puts less emphasis on social distancing, routine surveillance testing, and contact tracing.

In the CDC's news release, it is noted that COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools available to the public for reducing COVID-19 severity, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic. The CDC's full news release is available here.

 

Update, August 5, 2022

Updated Covid-19 boosters are expected in September

This fall, vaccine makers are expected to begin rolling out coronavirus booster vaccines better tailored to fight the current phase of the pandemic.

An expert committee recommended on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) move to updated coronavirus booster shots targeting some form of the Omicron variant that has dominated for months.

Two days after that recommendation in favor of a new vaccine adapted to protect against omicron, the FDA announced that the fall shots would include a component from BA.4 and BA.5, the omicron subvariants gaining ground in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the government's plan to purchase doses of a variant-specific COVID-19 vaccine booster.
Use Vaccines.gov to find a vaccine location near you in Leon County.

 

Update, August 4, 2022

Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine: Recommended in Some Situations for People 18 Years and Older

On August 3, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its guidance on the J&J/Janssen vaccine.  According to the CDC, the vaccine may be considered for persons who:

  • Had a severe reaction after an mRNA or protein subunit vaccine dose or who have a severe allergy to an ingredient of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.
  • Would otherwise remain unvaccinated for COVID-19 due to limited access to Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax.
  • Wants to get the J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine despite safety concerns.

The CDC clarifed that in most situations, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Novavax COVID-19 vaccines are recommended over Johnson & Johnson's Janssen (J&J/Janssen) COVID-19 vaccine. J&J/Janssen should only be considered in some cases. J&J/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine cannot be used as a 2nd booster dose.

Use Vaccines.gov to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Update, July 27, 2022

CDC Recommends Novavax’s COVID-19 Vaccine for Adults

Last week, on July 19, 2022, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorsed the two-dose Novavax COVID-19 vaccine as a COVID-19 vaccine primary series for emergency use in adults, as recommended by its advisory committee. Authorized by the Food and Drug Administration on July 13, the protein-based vaccine offers an option to individuals who may have an allergic reaction to or prefer not to receive an mRNA vaccine. 
 
Now Leon County residents have a fourth option when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine, one that uses a more traditional, familiar vaccine technology. Unlike the mRNA vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, the Novavax vaccine is a protein-based shot. Protein-based vaccines have been used for decades to combat diseases including Hepatitis B and influenza.
 
For a list of COVID-19 vaccination locations near you, visit vaccines.gov or text your ZIP code to GETVAX (438829) in English or VACUNA (822862) in Spanish to receive vaccine sites closest to you on your phone within seconds.
 
Read the full news release here:

Update, July 22, 2022

Leon County remains at a High COVID-19 CDC Community Level.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has classified Leon County as having "High" COVID-19 community spread.

COVID-19 Community Levels were developed by the CDC to help individuals and counties decide what COVID-19 preventative strategies to use. Leon County remains at the "High" COVID-19 Community Level.

At this level, in accordance with CDC guidance, it is recommended that everyone be up-to-date on their vaccines and take additional precautions, including wearing a mask in indoor public settings. Leon County's COVID-19 Community Level was calculated on Thu Jul 21 2022. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. 

Update, July 18, 2022

COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (July 8, 2022 - July 14, 2022)

Leon County has a known total of 96,702 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has increased at 24.2% with 1,651 new cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 182,311 people. Additionally, 60% of eligible people (that now include residents aged 6 months and older) in Leon County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. An overview of all Florida counties has been updated and posted here:

Update, July 15, 2022

FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Novavax COVID-19 Vaccine, Adjuvanted for the prevention of COVID-19 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in individuals 18 years of age and older.

An advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that votes on whether to recommend vaccines is scheduled to meet Tuesday, July 19.

The federal government secured 3.2 million doses of Novavax’s vaccine, which will be available “in the next few weeks,” after the company completes quality testing, according to a statement Monday from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Use this link to read the full announcement from the FDA.

If you need help finding a COVID-19 vaccine in Leon County, visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)

 

Update, July 13, 2022

Many Expiration Dates of At-Home OTC COVID-19 Diagnostic Tests Have Been Extended

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a table that lists FDA-authorized at-home OTC COVID-19 diagnostic tests, and includes information on revised expiration dates, who can use the test, and other details that may help you decide what test is right for you. Diagnostic tests can show if you have an active COVID-19 infection.

The table includes links to home use instructions for each test. Use this link to learn more.

Update, July 11, 2022

The U.S. Government Will Buy 3.2 Million Doses of Novavax's COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)  announced on Monday (July 11) that it would buy 3.2 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine from the Maryland pharmaceutical company Novavax that is expected to soon receive authorization in the United States.

If cleared by regulators, Novavax’s two-dose vaccine would become the fourth coronavirus vaccine available in the United States. It would be available at first as a primary immunization series for adults. After that initial authorization, the Food and Drug Administration could later authorize the vaccine as a booster shot.

An agreement will provide the first protein-based vaccine option in the U.S., pending FDA Emergency Use Authorization and CDC recommendation.

If you need help finding a COVID-19 vaccine in Leon County, visit vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489)

Update, July 7, 2022

USPS to send free, accessible at-home COVID-19 tests to people who are blind or low-vision

The federal government recently announced a new initiative to deliver free at-home COVID tests for people who are blind or low-vision. 

Each residential address is limited to one order, which has two rapid at-home antigen Covid-19 tests. These accessible tests require access to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone and an iOS or Android app.

 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, advocates have been calling on the government and test manufacturers to create more accessible at-home tests, a lifeline for people who are immunocompromised or especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

Supplies of the accessible tests are limited and USPS is urging only people who can’t use standard tests to request them. Tests can be requested through the website. Individuals can also call 1-800-232-0233 to place an order. Anyone who needs additional assistance can contact the Disability Information and Access Line.

 

Update, July 6, 2022

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (June 24, 2022 – June 30, 2022):

Leon County has a known total of 93,612 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has increased at 23.3% with 1,550 new cases. As a reminder, the total case count reported does include reinfection cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 181,835 people. Additionally, 60% of eligible people (that now include residents aged 6 months and older) in Leon County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Use this link to review an overview of all Florida counties updated every two weeks.

Update, June 30, 2022

Leon County Has Medium Risk in CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level 


Updated community levels from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) carry a designation of "medium" for Leon County. 

In the medium level, the CDC recommends:

  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
The CDC determines COVID-19 Community Levels as Low, Medium, or High, based on the number of new local COVID-19 cases, regional COVID-19 hospital admissions, and COVID-19 hospital capacity in the prior week. They were developed to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest local COVID-19 data. 
 
Note: The COVID-19 Community Level and associated metrics are updated weekly on Thursday.
 
To see the CDC’s U.S. map and read more about county COVID-19 Community Levels, visit:
Update, June 27, 2022

COVID-19 mRNA vaccines authorized for ages 6 months through 17 years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has authorized COVID-19 vaccine for young children as follows:

  • A two-dose Moderna vaccine series is recommended for children ages 6 months through 5 years.
  • A three-dose Pfizer vaccine series is recommended for children ages 6 months through 4 years.

For more information about how to protect your children from COVID-19, speak to your healthcare provider or pediatrician.

The initial supply of COVID-19 vaccine for children is limited and will be distributed to pediatricians’ offices, pharmacies, and federally qualified health centers through the federal government's COVID-19 vaccine program.  Go to vaccines.gov to locate a clinic near you as locations offering vaccine are being updated every day.

Update, June 23, 2022

COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment for Homebound Residents

The Florida Department of Health has partnered with CDR Health to offer homebound monoclonal antibody treatment to qualified patients throughout the state.  Leon County is among the counties included in the program. CDR Health says its goal is to meet people where they are and make treatment options accessible to all.

CDR Health is currently offering one specific COVID-19 therapeutic treatment: Bebtelovimab. This service is free with insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.  To register for an appointment, you can either (1) visit patientportalFL.com  and select “Monoclonal Antibody Treatments,”  (2) send an email to inhometreatments@cdrmaguire.com or (3) call 1-833-930-3672 for live assistance.

Update, June 20, 2022

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (June 10, 2022 - June 16, 2022):

Leon County has a known total of 90,697 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has increased at 20.3% with 1,180 new cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 177,640 people. Additionally, 62% of eligible people (age 5 and older) in Leon County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. For a complete overview of all Florida counties, click here.

Update, June 14, 2022

NEW: COVID-19 Vaccination Replacement Cards

According to the CDC, you can use a copy of your vaccination record (digital or paper) as proof of vaccination in the United States. The Florida Department of Health in Leon County  will only be offering a copy of an Immunization Record. For a COVID vaccine record, this service is provided for free. The vaccination record is available at our 1515 Old Bainbridge Road location or by submitting a immunization records request from Florida Shots:

Submit your request directly to Florida SHOTS: You can request your vaccination records directly from Florida SHOTS by filling out the Florida Department of Health form – DH3203 Authorization to Disclose Confidential Information form online, electronically sign and submit it.

To fill out the form online and submit, click here.

Note: This form is for use only by individuals aged 18 years and over to request their own immunization history. DO NOT use this form to request records for another individual. Each individual is responsible for their own request. Currently, records of minors (aged 17 years and below) are not available through this request portal. Please contact your healthcare provider or local county health department to request records for minor.

 Disclaimers:

  1. Filling out this form does not guarantee that the requested patient record will be found in Florida SHOTS. Initial search may be conducted based on information provided in the request form. If multiple matches were found or no matches were found during the initial search, Florida SHOTS staff may need to contact you to obtain additional information before the correct record can be identified and released.
  2. If you are looking for your COVID-19 vaccination record, please allow at least 2 to 3 weeks after the administration date for your record to be in Florida SHOTS.
  3. This form is for use only by individuals aged 18 years and over to request their own COVID vaccination record. DO NOT use this form to request immunization records for another individual. Please have them submit their own request.
  4. Currently records of minors (aged 17 years and below) are not available through this request. Please contact your immunization provider or your local county health department to request the records.

Update, June 8, 2022

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (May 27, 2022 - June 2, 2022)

Leon County has a known total of 88,420 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has increased at 16.5% with 911 new cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 178,609 people. Additionally, 62.1% of eligible people (age 5 and older) in Leon County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. An overview of all Florida counties is posted here.

Update: Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee Hosts Revival and COVID-19 Vaccination Event

The DOH Leon Health Clinic staff will be offering COVID-19 (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen), Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B to all who are eligible, at the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Community Revival on Wednesday, June 8 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The church is located at 224 N. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. DOH Leon will be utilizing Bethel's Mobile Medical Unit to administer vaccinations. For more information call 850-222-8440. Update: Over the course of three evenings (6/6 - 6/8), DOH Leon medical staff vaccinated 67 individuals with COVID-19 vaccine. Big Bend Area Health Education Center (AHEC) was present and offered $50 Walmart gift cards to anyone receiving a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Update, June 2, 2022

DOH Leon Offers Vaccinations at Cascade Park Summer Splash Healthcare Fair

Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, in collaboration with Florida State University College of Nursing, has scheduled a healthcare and wellness fair on Saturday, June 4, at Cascades Park, 1001 Gadsden Street from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

DOH Leon's Mobile Vaccination Team is offering COVID-19 (Pfizer, Moderna, Janssen) to those who are eligible, Hepatitis A, and Hepatitis B vaccines.

The purpose of this event allows students and their families to access health care and wellness services to enhance their quality of life.

Services include mental health resources, housing opportunities, sickle cell testing, vaccinations and boosters (ages 5 and up), vaccine alternative, food trucks, vendors, and live entertainment.

The event is open to all.

Update, May 17, 2022

Third Round of Free COVID Tests From the Government Are Now Available

Leon County residents can order more free COVID-19 tests from the government by mail. It's the third round of at-home tests offered to U.S. households.

The newest distribution of free COVID tests will be shipped to homes in two packages of four, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The previous two rounds, offered in January and March, sent out four tests each.

All eight tests can be ordered at home through COVIDTests.gov.

Shipping on the packages will be free, and tracking numbers will be provided upon sign-up for the test kits.

Anyone needing additional assistance ordering tests can call 1-888-720-7489.

Update, May 11, 2022

 

DOH Leon Continues COVID-19 Second Dose Booster Vaccine Clinic

The DOH Leon Immunizations Clinic will continue its limited COVID-19 second dose booster vaccine clinic for at least another week on Tuesdays.  Since the clinic started on April 5, 133 individuals have received doses of the vaccine.  This walk-in clinic is available to eligible individuals by appointment only at the Roberts & Stevens Clinic (1515 Old Bainbridge Road).  Call 850-404-6300, option 2 to schedule an appointment.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have waned over time after your primary series vaccination.

Learn more about eligibility guidelines here.

 

Update, May 6, 2022

FDA restricts J&J's COVID-19 Vaccine Due to Blood Clot Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has limited the authorized use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older for whom other authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines are not accessible or clinically appropriate, and to individuals 18 years of age and older who elect to receive the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine because they would otherwise not receive a COVID-19 vaccine. 

The FDA’s vaccine chief said the agency decided to restrict the vaccine after taking another look at the data on the risks of life-threatening blood clots and concluding that they are limited to J&J’s vaccine. DOH Leon administers doses for all three COVID-19 vaccine brands to eligible individuals.

Click here to read the full news release from the FDA:

 

COVID-19 Bi-Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (April 29, 2022 - May 5, 2022):

Leon County has a known total of 85,724 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has increased at 7.0% with 228 new cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 178,594 people. Additionally, 62% of eligible people (age 5 and older) in Leon County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. An overview of all Florida counties is updated bi-weekly and posted today after 5:00p.m. Use this link to read the full COVID-19 report:

Update, May 4, 2022

CDC Recommendation for Masks and Travel

On May 3, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement recommending that everyone aged 2 and older – including passengers and workers – properly wear a well-fitting mask or respirator over the nose and mouth in indoor areas of public transportation (such as airplanes, trains, etc.) and transportation hubs (such as airports, stations, etc.).


They say they this public health recommendation is based on the currently available data, including an understanding of domestic and global epidemiology, circulating variants and their impact on disease severity and vaccine effectiveness, current trends in COVID-19 Community Levels within the United States, and projections of COVID-19 trends in the coming months.


That statement is available to read in full using this link: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0503-covid-19-travel.html

Update, May 3, 2022

Last week, (April 26), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a telebriefing to provide updates on COVID-19. They have now released a full transcript of the question and answer session on their website. We are providing a link for those who wish to read it, here.

 

Update, April 28, 2022

DOH Leon Limited Vaccine Clinic for COVID-19 Second Booster Doses Extended to May 10, 2022

DOH Leon is administering second booster doses of the COVID vaccine to persons ages 50 and older, and to those ages 12 and older who are moderately or severely immunocompromised at a limited vaccine clinic. 

The clinic takes place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic in Tallahassee on Tuesdays. The clinic, located at 1515 Old Bainbridge Road, runs until May 10, but it may be extended again ,if necessary. Appointments are necessary. Call 850-404-6300, Option 2. 

Pfizer remains the only COVID-19 vaccine currently authorized for those under age 18. COVID-19 booster doses may be given at the same time as other vaccines. Individuals may choose which vaccine they receive as a booster dose.


Four months after receipt of a first booster dose, the following options are available to individuals who choose to receive a second dose:
 
* A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older.
 
* A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals 12 years of age and older.
 
* A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine may be administered to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals 18 years of age and older.

Update, April 22, 2022

COVID-19 BI-Weekly Situation Report: Leon County (April 15, 2022 - April 21, 2022)

Leon County has a known total of 85,273 confirmed COVID-19 cases among Leon County residents. Our new case positivity rate has increased at 6.8% with 211 new cases. Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in December 2020, Leon County has vaccinated a total of 178,514 people. Additionally, 62% of eligible people (age 5 and older) in Leon County have received at least one dose of the vaccine. An overview of all Florida counties is updated bi-weekly, after 5:00 p.m., and posted on the Florida Department of Health's website.

Update, April 19, 2022

TSA stops mask enforcement after federal judge voids mandate

Federal officials stopped enforcement of a federal mask mandate Monday, April 18, in transportation settings after a federal judge struck down the requirement. It prompted several U.S. airlines to announce that face coverings are optional on domestic flights.

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) released the following statement regarding face mask use on public transportation:

"Due to today’s court ruling, effective immediately, TSA will no longer enforce its Security Directives and Emergency Amendment requiring mask use on public transportation and transportation hubs. TSA will also rescind the new Security Directives that were scheduled to take effect tomorrow. CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings at this time."

These airlines are dropping mask mandates:

Alaska

American

Delta

Frontier

Hawaiian

JetBlue

Spirit

Southwest

United

Update, April 14, 2022

CDC extends transportation mask mandate until May 3

The Biden administration is extending its face mask requirement for public transit for another 15 days. That means travelers will still need to mask up in airports, planes, buses, trains and at transit hubs until May 3.

The mask travel requirement had been set to expire this coming Monday, April 18.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC)  is keeping in place its "mask order" in order to assess the potential impact the rise of cases has on severe disease, including hospitalizations and deaths, and health care system capacity," according to an agency spokesperson.

Update, April 7, 2022

FDA RESTRICTS THE USE OF SOTROVIMAB

On April 5, 2022,  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the sotrovimab Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Sotrovimab is no longer authorized to treat COVID-19 in any U.S. region due to increases in the proportion of COVID-19 cases caused by the omicron BA.2 subvariant. This revised EUA means providers in Leon County are no longer allowed to administer this treatment. Learn more in this announcement from the Florida Department of Health.

Update, March 31, 2022

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County will offer second COVID-19 booster doses for eligible individuals.

DOH Leon is offering a limited appointment only COVID-19 clinic on Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic
1515 Old Bainbridge Road
Tallahassee, FL 32303

Individuals can call the DOH Leon COVID-19 Call Center at 850-404-6300, Option 2 to schedule an appointment.

Per CDC and FDA authorization, second boosters can be given under these scenarios:

  • The additional single booster dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be available for patients ages 50 and older at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • An additional booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine will be available for immunocompromised individuals ages 12 and older at least four months after the first booster dose.
  • Adults who received the Johnson & Johnson primary vaccine can receive a second booster dose of an mRNA vaccine at least four months after their first booster dose.

Additionally, the nation's top two pharmacies — CVS and Walgreens — say they're gearing up to administer second booster doses to eligible recipients this week. Please note that some of the locations in Leon County offering online appointments may not yet have updated their websites with information on second boosters. 

Update, March 30, 2022

Second Covid-19 Booster Shot Endorsed by FDA, CDC for Adults 50 and Older

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday, March 29, 2022, it had cleared extra shots of Pfizer Inc. and its partner BioNTech SE and from Moderna Inc. for adults 50 years and older.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention followed up by endorsing the second booster shots.

Under the moves, the older adults can get the shots at least four months after a first booster dose. People will be able to choose between the two vaccines regardless of whether they earlier received a shot from Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson.

In addition, the FDA cleared a second Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose for people 12 years old and up with weakened immune systems and who have received a first booster dose of any authorized Covid-19 vaccine. And the FDA also authorized a second Moderna booster for immunocompromised people 18 years old and above.

DOH LEON is working with leadership from the Florida Department of Health on formal plans to begin following the new CDC recommendations. We will provide an update here and to our local media partners on our plan to schedule vaccine appointments. For specific questions about your doses, ask your healthcare provider.

Here is the FDA’s wording about boosters for people who got either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. And again please note the FDA also authorized boosters for immunocompromised teens:

  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 50 years of age and older at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine.
  • A second booster dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered to individuals 12 years of age and older with certain kinds of immunocompromise at least 4 months after receipt of a first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine. These are people who have undergone solid organ transplantation, or who are living with conditions that are considered to have an equivalent level of immunocompromise.
  • A second booster dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine may be administered at least 4 months after the first booster dose of any authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine to individuals 18 years of age and older with the same certain kinds of immunocompromise.

Update, March 11, 2022

CDC to extend mask mandate on public transport to April 18, develop new guidance

Federal officials are extending the requirement for masks on planes and public transportation for one more month — through mid-April — while taking steps that could lead to lifting the rule.
 
The mask mandate was scheduled to expire March 18, but the Transportation Security Administration said Thursday that it will extend the requirement through April 18.
 
TSA said the extra month will give the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) time to develop new, more targeted policies that will consider the number of cases of COVID-19 nationally and in local communities, and the risk of new variants.
 
The TSA enforces the rule, which extends to planes, buses, trains and transit hubs.
 
Read the CDC's news release posted to their website on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

 

Update, March 8, 2022


Nationwide Test-to-Treat Program Ensuring Rapid Access to Lifesaving COVID Treatments Moves Forward

The Biden Administration's Test to Treat program that provides a new path for getting tested and treated for COVID-19 in one location is moving forward. It expands ways higher risk individuals can get life saving treatment rapidly at no cost, especially those without a primary healthcare provider.

The program aims to streamline the process for people with underlying conditions to obtain either Pfizer’s Paxlovid or Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics’ molnupiravir without cost and by prescription only.

These “One-Stop Test to Treat” locations will be available at hundreds of locations nationwide, including pharmacy-based clinics, Federally Qualfied Health Care Centers (FQHC), and long-term care facilities.

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) is updating its statewide Treatment Locator website as the program expands and more providers are enrolled and come online. Leon County has only a few sites operating now.

This FAQ and Fact Sheet was released by the Biden Administratin on the new COVID-19 Test to Treat initiative.


Update, March 3, 2022

CDR Health to restart monoclonal antibody treatment in Tallahassee

CDR Health, this week, announced it was resuming monoclonal antibody treatment at its Tallahassee clinic location.

Their news release states that the clinic will offer Sotrovimab, an FDA-approved monoclonal antibody treatment that has shown to be effective against the Omicron variant. Treatments will start again Thursday, March 3.

How to book an appointment:
Visit www.cdr-health.com. Daily capacity is 35 appointments; insurance is accepted.
CDR Health’s Tallahassee Clinic is located at 1981 Capital Circle N.E.
It's open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

 

Update, March 2, 2022

Lost your COVID-19 Vaccination Card? Get it replaced at DOH Leon

If you have lost your COVID-19 CDC vaccination record card, you can request a replacement at the health department. Our medical staff at the Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic (1515 Old Bainbridge Road) will be able to offer assistance between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals who have lost or damaged their cards can get assistance regardless of where they received their dose.

Update February 10, 2022

It’s not too late to get your flu shot. According to surveillance reports published by the Florida Flu Review, influenza activity in Florida during the last four weeks, is beginning to decrease.

Influenza seasons vary in timing, severity, and duration. While it is not possible to predict what the 2021–22 influenza season will be like in Florida, typically the season begins in October and continues as late as May.

Vaccination remains one of our best public health tools in reducing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths in relation to the flu. Getting vaccinated may be even more important this year in order to prevent flu-related illnesses from burdening an already taxed health care system managing COVID infections.

To find where to get your flu vaccine if you didn’t get one this season, visit Vaccines.gov. You may also call and schedule an appointment at our Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic (1515 Old Bainbridge Road) at 850-404-6300.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says you can receive a COVID-19 vaccine and other vaccines, including a flu vaccine at the same visit.

In addition to getting your flu shot, continue to take the following steps to protect yourself:

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick, and report to work when you are well.

Update, February 9, 2022

 Leon County Government, with various healthcare and community partners, will continue to host free pop-up testing sites to address the increased community need for COVID-19 testing amid the omicron surge. See the most current testing locations by accessing the Leon County Vax Map. To access the site click here.

Community members can receive a free PCR test on a first-come, first-served basis at the Northeast Branch Library and Fort Braden Branch Library over the coming weeks. More locations may be added based on demand.

Healthcare experts from Bond Community Health Center and Neighborhood Medical Center will be on site to administer tests. Inclement weather may cause event cancelations or delays in opening. 

To answer questions about vaccines and other COVID-related questions, the Florida Department of Health operates a 24/7 COVID-19 call center at (866) 779-6121. Leon County residents can also call the Florida Department of Health in Leon County at (850) 404-6300, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Update February 3, 2022

On January 31, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Moderna’s coronavirus vaccine, the second-most widely used in the United States and the second to receive full regulatory approval.

The vaccine, which can be administered to adults and has been shown to be highly effective at preventing virus infections and severe cases of Covid-19, has been in use for more than a year under an emergency-use authorization.

The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will now be marketed as Spikevax. Spikevax has the SAME formulation as the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and is administered as a primary series of two doses, one month apart. It is approved by the FDA for those 18 years and older.

Read more about the FDA's approval here:

Update January 31, 2022

Effective Tuesday, February 1: The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is reducing hours at its COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic, located at 1515 Old Bainbridge Road. The clinic will be open for vaccinations--all doses and all brands--- on TUESDAYS from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Please call the Department's COVID-19 Call Center at 850-404-6300, Option 2 to schedule an appointment.

We strongly recommend that you print and complete a COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form before you arrive for your appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form_ English

COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form_ Spanish

 

Update January 25,2022

On January 24, 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reissued the emergency use authorizations for Eli Lilly’s bamlanivimab-etesevimab and Regeneron’s REGEN-COV monoclonal antibody therapy treatments, which states that these treatments are not authorized for use in any U.S. state, territory, or jurisdiction at this time.
As a result of this decision made by the federal government, all state-supported monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites will be closed until further notice. The full Florida Department of Health press release can be found here. 

The agency says it took action because data shows these treatments are highly unlikely to be active against the omicron variant, which is circulating at a very high frequency throughout the United States.

Please note that as a result, of this action, CDR Health released a statement saying in part: "We have had to cancel appointments at our CDR Health Tallahassee Clinic location, in addition to our public sites. If you want to know why this decision was made, please contact the U.S. FDA at 1-888-463-6332 or contact your health care provider for more information on COVID-19 treatment options. We have no further information at this time."

Update January 24, 2022

On Tuesday, January 18, to facilitate the distribution of lifesaving therapeutics, the state opened five additional monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites in Florida.

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy is a life-saving treatment used for COVID-19 and is administered via subcutaneous injections or IV infusion.  It is for use in adults and pediatric patients (12 years and older).

Leon County is not among the counties selected by the state at this time.

Those interested in this treatment can contact CDR Health Tallahassee (1981 Capital Circle NE) to schedule an appointment. 

Please note the service is not free. This is a private CDR Health Clinic, and accepts insurance or self-pay.

Visit this CDR website to learn more.

Individuals may also call CDR Health Tallahassee Clinic at 850-738-7977.

 

Additional updates on monoclonal antibody therapy treatment in Leon County will be communicated through this website, https://leon.floridahealth.gov/ and local media.

 

 

Update January 10, 2022

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) has teamed up with key community partners: Nomi Health and Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare to open a new COVID-19 testing site to help with increased demand for tests.


Nomi Health opened its new walk-up testing site Saturday, January 8, at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital (1528 Surgeons Drive) in the rear parking lot. The site offers rapid testing and PCR testing. Appointments are not required. The site is open 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., seven days a week.

This is the third COVID-19 testing site that Nomi Health has opened in Tallahassee.
The other two are located at the DOH Leon Administration Building (2965 Municipal Way) and at Huntington Oaks Plaza (3840 N. Monroe Street). These are drive-through sites that operate by appointment only. * Please note that appointment times are strictly enforced.

For more information about Nomi Health

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Update, January 5, 2022

COVID-19 testing sites operated by the Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) and Nomi Health are now operating by appointment only at:

Huntington Oaks Plaza (Near Lake Jackson)

3840 N. Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL 32303

DOH Leon Administration Building

2965 Municipal Way

Tallahassee, FL  32304

All individuals must pre-register for appointments.

Use this link to register. 

https://testing.nomihealth.com/easy_registration/26/onsite

Testing is available for all ages (infants included) but registration is required for all individuals. There is no need for proof of guardianship. Results will be emailed or sent to their phone via text message. These results should be received within 48 hours time or more, due to the increased demand for tests.

For questions regarding COVID-19 screening results and online support call the Nomi Health Call Center at 904-295-0562.

 

Update, January 3, 2022

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shortens the recommended time for isolation for the public.

People with COVID-19 should isolate for five days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by five days of wearing a mask around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.

This change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of COVID-19 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the one to two days prior to onset of symptoms and 2-3 days after.

For complete details on the updated recommendatins, please use this link to read the CDC's media statement:


Additionally, in response to the growing surge in COVID-19 infections in Leon County, DOH Leon is urging everyone to continue following prevention and safety guidelines:

*Clean your hands often.
*Vaccinate
*Test
*Stay home if you are sick.

As the Department works to manage this new surge in cases, COVID-19 case investigators and contact tracers will focus on contacting individuals and workers in high risk settings in Leon County.

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Update, December 20, 2021



DeSantis Announces New COVID-19 Drug Will Be Available to Floridians

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on Friday (12/17) announced that a new monoclonal antibody treatment for people with serious health problems or allergies who can’t get adequate protection from vaccination will be available for Floridians soon, delivered by the federal government.

DeSantis was joined by Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo in a news conference in Ocala as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state.

“This monoclonal is a new tool for some of our most vulnerable Floridians and we are happy to make this available throughout the state,” the governor said.

Read the full news release:

https://t.e2ma.net/webview/g66gkh/aabfb5db56a13dbbf3e836f5b9fad828

Last week, the FDA granted emergency use authorization for AstraZeneca's antibody drug called Evusheld for adults and children 12 and older whose immune systems haven't responded adequately to COVID-19 vaccines or have a history of severe allergic reactions to the shots.

Patients should consult with a health care provider before receiving the treatment.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County will provide updates on our website, twitter, and local media when the treatment is available from health care providers in Leon County.

Treatment locations throughout the state are updated on the Florida Department of Health website.https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/

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Update, December 2, 2021

Effective December 1, all COVID-19 vaccine clinics operated by the Florida Department of Health in Leon County will be by appointment only.  Please call the Leon County COVID-19 Call Center to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at:  850-404-6300, Option 2.  The clinic is open on Tuesdays (4:00 p.m - 7:00 p.m) and Fridays (3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). We are located at:

Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic
1515 Old Bainbridge Road
Tallahassee, FL  32303

 

To expedite the process, we recommend that you print and complete the vaccine screening and consent form before you arrive.

COVID-19 Screening and Consent Form_ Updated

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Update, November 22, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded eligibility for COVID-19 boosters to include all adults. Individuals 18 and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are immediately eligible for a booster dose.

Individuals who received a primary series of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago continue to be eligible for a booster dose.

The State of Florida continues to support and ensure adequate COVID-19 vaccine supply are widely available, including booster doses and additional doses. Individuals can talk to their health care provider about whether getting a COVID-19 vaccine booster dose or an additional dose is appropriate for them.

 The Florida Department of Health has outlined information for a COVID-19 booster dose and additional dose here: 

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/

Please call our Leon County COVID-19 Call Center for information on vaccine locations in Leon County including specifics about vaccine clinics supported by the Florida Department of Health in Leon County. The Call Center is staffed Monday through Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.at 850-404-6300, then press 1.

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 Update, November 12, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County is now scheduling COVID-19 vaccination appointments for children ages 5-11 years old. Call the Leon County COVID-19 Call Center to schedule at 850-404-6300, Option 2. When you secure an appointment, please plan to arrive no more than 15 minutes early, in order to keep our clinic as calm and smooth as possible for our children.

Update, November 9, 2021

Leon County Monoclonal Antibody Treatment Site Closes November 12, 2021

The State of Florida successfully deployed and expanded state-run, lifesaving monoclonal antibody therapy treatment sites statewide. Throughout this process, the State has worked with a robust network of community partners to ensure the health care sector is equipped to administer monoclonal antibody therapy treatment to Floridians.

 To support this transition of monoclonal antibody therapy treatment administration to locally operated providers, the state-supported monoclonal antibody therapy treatment site at Governor’s Square Mall, 1500 Apalachee Parkway in Leon County, will close on November 12, 2021.

 

Alternative monoclonal antibody therapy treatment locations in this area are listed below:

 

Tallahassee Memorial Hospital         

1300 Miccosukee Rd

Tallahassee, Florida

 

Capital Regional Medical Center       

2626 Capital Medical Blvd

Tallahassee, Florida

 

CDR Health in Tallahassee

1981 Capital Circle Ne

Tallahassee, Florida

 

 

The Florida Department of Health will continue to allocate doses of monoclonal antibodies to health care providers with high utilization rates and will ensure inventory levels meet county demand.

 

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 Update, October 28, 2021

Information About COVID-19 Booster Shots

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have authorized booster shots of the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines for certain individuals. Please review the following information to determine if you are eligible for a booster shot.

If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are eligible for any vaccine booster shot, if you are 18 years of age or older, two months following your initial vaccination.

If you received the Pfizer or Moderna* vaccine, the following groups are eligible for any vaccine booster shot six months following your initial vaccination:

*The Moderna booster shot is half of the initial vaccine dose.

Though no proof or doctor's note will be required at DOH Leon sponsored clinics, individuals will be asked to self-attest that they are eligible for a booster shot. Documentation of your previous vaccine series will be required. Individuals should talk to their healthcare provider about their specific situation, and whether getting an additional dose is appropriate for them.

DOH Leon has incorporated COVID-19 booster shots into its vaccine clinics at:

Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic

1515 Old Bainbridge Road
Tallahassee, FL  32303
Tuesdays, 4:00p.m - 7:00 p.m 
Fridays, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Find more information about Booster Shots from the CDC here. Booster shots are also available from local pharmacies, retail stores, and/or your medical provider.

Please call the Leon County COVID-19 Call Center for any questions. Appointments are not required, but you may schedule an appointment:

Call us at 850-404-6300, Option 1. You may also email us at: LeonCHD.Feed-back@flhealth.gov

Additional updates on local vaccine operations will be communicated through this website https://leon.floridahealth.gov/index.html, twitter account https://twitter.com/healthyleonfl and local media.

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Update September 1, 2021

Monoclonal Antibody Therapy Treatments For COVID-19 Are Available Now in Leon County

Individuals 12 years and older who are high risk, who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19 are eligible for this treatment. Treatment is free and vaccination status does not matter.

 Two sites are open in Leon County:

Florida Department of Health
(Former Sears Store in Governor's Square)
1500 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Open seven days a week
CDR/Health Tallahassee
1981 Capital Cir NE
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 738-7977 for an appointment
Please note that consultation with a physician is recommended, but not required to schedule an appointment for therapy.
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 Update August 31, 2021

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN LEON COUNTY PARTNERS WITH NOMI HEALTH TO PROVIDE NO COST COVID-19 TESTING AT TWO LOCATIONS

Holiday Hours:

Testing sites will open from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve.  Both locations will be closed on New Year's Day.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is partnering with Nomi Health to provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing at two community sites. Operational hours are 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., seven days a week at the following sites:

DOH Leon Administration Building

2965 Municipal Way

Tallahassee, FL  32304

Lake Jackson Town Center at Huntington

3840 N. Monroe Street

Tallahassee, FL  32303

Rapid antigen and PCR testing are available.

There is no cost for testing. 

Individuals can pre-register using this link: http://testing.nomihealth.com/signup/fl

Those with questions regarding health screening results and online support should call the Nomi Health Call Center at: 904-295-0562.

 

The testing site will operate under the following guidelines:

  • Results are shared with the patient via email.
  • Turnaround times for antigen tests are within two hours and for PCR testing, within 72 hours.
  • Patients are allowed one test per individual per day. If a patient tests positive on their antigen test, medical staff will conduct a PCR test as a follow up.
  • Tests are available for individuals 12 months or age and older.

Only individuals who are being tested should be in the vehicle, except for parents, guardians or caregivers. Masks are recommended. People should be prepared to stay in their vehicles while awaiting testing. Restroom facilities will not be available.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

In addition, DOH Leon continues to urge all eligible individuals (including those who have already had COVID-19 and recovered) to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they protect people from getting sick or severely ill with COVID-19. For frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/faq.html

 

 

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 Update August 16, 2021

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

 Last 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 walk-in vaccination clinic continues operations from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Appointments are not necessary.  

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.

DOH-Leon's COVID-19 Call Center is available to answer questions. 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 Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You may also email your questions to: LeonCHD.Feed-back@flhealth.gov

Additional updates on local COVID-19 vaccination efforts will be communicated through this website, https://leon.floridahealth.gov/ and local media.

 

 

 

 

 

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Update July 26, 2021

Please use the link below to view The Florida Department of Health's weekly COVID-19 report: 

Weekly Florida COVID-19 Data

Update July 23, 2021

The Florida Department of Health issues a weekly COVID-19 report. It is posted online weekly and includes a situation overview of each county. Use the link below to read the report:

COVID-19 Weekly Situation Report: County Overview

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Update July 22, 2021

CURRENT OPTIONS TO RECEIVE A COVID-19 TEST IN LEON COUNTY

Leon County Emergency Information Portal

To receive a COVID-19 test, please click the link below:

Leon County Testing Site Finder

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Update July 2, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is operating a free, walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic every Tuesday. 

The DOH Leon vaccination clinic is located at:

Roberts & Stevens (R&S) Clinic

1515 Old Bainbridge Road

Tallahassee, FL 32303

Operating hours: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

COVID-19 vaccines will be available without the need for an appointment to everyone 12 years of age and older.

Parents or guardians are expected to provide consent for 12 to 17-year olds who are receiving the Pfizer vaccine and they must plan to be present during the vaccination.

In addition to the Pfizer vaccine, the DOH Leon vaccination clinic offers the Janssen and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, both available for anyone age 18 and over.  * Plus, receive a $10 grocery voucher with your shot.

For any questions, contact the Leon County COVID-19 Call Center at 850-404-6300, Option 1. The helpline is staffed Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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Update May 13, 2021

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 12 years of age and older.  To obtain the vaccine in Florida, individuals 12-17 years of age must be accompanied by a guardian and complete the COVID-19 vaccine and screening consent form.  To obtain a copy of the form, click here.

Note: The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) has a supply of Pfizer vaccine on hand, and is working with our community partners on a collective plan to begin vaccinating those in that age group.

To pre-register individuals 12 years of age and older visit the statewide portal: https://myvaccine.fl.gov/#/

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Update April 30, 2021

DOH Leon Schedule For COVID-19 Pfizer Walk-Up Vaccination Clinics

 

Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University

505 West Pensacola Street

Tallahassee, FL  32301

       5/03/2021  Monday:    1PM-8PM
5/07/2021  Friday:      9AM-3:30PM
5/10/2021  Monday:    1PM-8PM
5/14/2021  Friday       9AM- 3:30pm
5/17/2021  Monday:   1PM-8PM
5/21/2021  Friday:      9AM-Noon
5/24/2021  Monday:   1PM-8PM
5/28/2021  Friday:     9AM-3:30PM

 

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Update April 28, 2021

The DOH Leon COVID-19 vaccination clinic scheduled for Saturday, May 1 has been rescheduled.

New walk-up COVID-19 Pfizer vaccination clinics at FSU begin Monday, May 3 at:

The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center at Florida State University
505 West Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
New Hours of Operation:

Monday           1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday              9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Please Note: A valid government-issued photo ID is required. The schedule is subject to change based on vaccine supply, inclement weather, and previously scheduled events at the Tucker Center.

Additionally, before you arrive for your vaccination, please take some time to review a newly updated DOH COVID-19 vaccination consent form:

DOH COVID-19 Vaccination Screening and Consent Form

 Read more about the relocation here: DOH Leon Vaccination Clinic Relocation

Please see below COVID-19 vaccine clinc entrance map:

Tucker Center Entrance Map

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Update April 26, 2021

FDA and CDC lift recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janseen) COVID-19 Vaccine Use Following Safety Review.

 Use this link to learn more.

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Update April 14, 2021

JOHNSON & JOHNSON VACCINE PAUSED IN FLORIDA 

The state of Florida is pausing all Johnson & Johnson (Jansenn) vaccines per the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the time being. We have provided a link to learn more about the CDC and FDA guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0413-JJ-vaccine.html

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Update April 7, 2021

By order of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis all residents who qualify under the FDA are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for persons age 16 and over.  The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for persons age 18 and over. All individuals under the age of 18 receiving a vaccine must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and complete a COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form. Please click here to review the consent form before you arrive for your vaccination.

DOH Leon Schedule COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Municipal Way Administration Building
2965 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL  32304
9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4/10/2021  Saturday: Pfizer Clinic
4/13/2021  Tuesday:  Pfizer and Moderna
4/17/2021  Saturday:  Pfizer and Moderna
4/20/2021  Tuesday:  Pfizer Clinic Postponed
4/24/2021  Saturday:  Pfizer
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Update March 25, 2021

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces New Eligibility Guidelines for COVID-19 Vaccinations

Today, March 25, Governor Ron DeSantis announced new eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations in Florida.

Beginning Monday, March 29, all individuals age 40 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Beginning the following Monday, April 5, all individuals age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

Floridians are encouraged to pre-register at www.myvaccine.fl.gov. Once pre-registered, they'll be contacted when the vaccine is available in their area. Individuals can also call the vaccine preregistration phone number for their county. In Leon County call 866-200-3856 or for TTY (Text Telephone Relay) at 833-476-1455.

Vaccines are also available at 150 CVS locations, 125 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations, more than 70 Winn Dixie locations, soon-to-be over 600 Walgreens pharmacies, and every single one of the 730 Publix pharmacies across the state.

Leon County residents can also find vaccination sites at https://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/covid-19/Vax-Map

 

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Update March 23, 2021

DOH Leon Continues “No Appointment Necessary” Vaccine Clinics for Eligible Groups

This week, The Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is sponsoring drive through Pfizer vaccination clinics for those who are eligible but do not have appointments, as it continues to administer doses to eligible residents with confirmed appointments through the statewide vaccine preregistration system: https://myvaccine.fl.gov/#/

With support from community partners, the clinic’s vaccine team is expanding COVID-19 drive-thru clinics to include those without appointments on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 23

Saturday, March 27

Vaccination clinics operate from 9 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. at:

DOH Leon Administration Building

2965 Municipal Way

Tallahassee, FL  32304

The following groups are now eligible under Executive Order 21-67:

  • Persons 50 years of age and older
  • Persons determined to be extremely vulnerable by a physician (form required)
  • Health care workers with direct patient contact
  • Long-term care facility residents and staff

Note: If you have received a vaccine in the past 14 days you are requested to wait past this time prior to becoming vaccinated. Also, those who are eligible must provide a government issued photo ID, and if applicable proof of employment such as an identification badge. 

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through the DOH Leon website https://leon.floridahealth.gov/, twitter account https://twitter.com/healthyleonfl and local media.

For any additional general questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing mailto:COVID-19@flhealth.gov and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

 

 

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Update March 19, 2021

Beginning Monday, March 22, all individuals who are 50 years of age and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Leon County. To preregister for the vaccine visit: https://myvaccine.fl.gov

Preregistration at state-supported sites can also be completed over the phone by calling 866-200-3856. The TTY number for those who are deaf and hard of hearing is 833-476-1455. 

We have provided a link below with full details of the Governor's executive order:

37_CHD_Leon:_files/executive-order-50-plus.pdf

Since the COVID-19 vaccine rollout began in late December, more than 60,000 people have been vaccinated in Leon County. 37,586 individuals have completed their series, and are now considered fully immunized against COVID-19.

 

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Update March 16, 2021

DOH Leon Opens No Appointment COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Eligible Groups

The Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is sponsoring a drive through vaccination clinic today for those who are eligible but do not have an appointment.

The clinic is administering the Pfizer vaccine today (March 16) until 3:30 p.m. at:

DOH Leon Administration Building

2965 Municipal Way

Tallahassee, FL  32304

At this time, the following groups are eligible to receive the vaccine:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Persons **60** years of age and older.
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older.
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older.
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older.
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable by a physician with a required signed form.

Note:  If you have received a vaccine in the past 14 days you are requested to wait past this time prior to becoming vaccinated.

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through the DOH Leon website https://leon.floridahealth.gov/, twitter account https://twitter.com/healthyleonfl and local media.

For any additional general questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing mailto:COVID-19@flhealth.gov and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

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Update: March 15, 2021

At this time the following groups can request a COVID-19 vaccination appointment by any available options in Leon County.

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons **60** years of age and older.
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older.
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older.
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older.
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 (signed form required see below).

http://ww11.doh.state.fl.us/comm/_partners/covid19_report_archive/covid-physician-form/EO-21-47-Form.pdf

Use the vaccine finder to find a site near you:

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator/

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through this website https://leon.floridahealth.gov/, twitter account https://twitter.com/healthyleonfl and local media.

Make sure you speak with your primary care provider to answer any questions you have about the vaccine before you receive it.

For any additional general questions about the vaccine at this time, the State COVID-19 Call Center can be reached by calling 1-866-779-6121 or emailing mailto:COVID-19@flhealth.gov and is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

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Update March 12, 2021

Florida homebound seniors have a new way to request COVID-19 vaccine.

Many seniors who can’t drive or wait in a long line at a vaccine site can now send an email to the state to request a COVID-19 vaccine.

The email address is HomeboundVaccine@em.myflorida.com to sign up eligible seniors to have the vaccine come directly to them.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced this new option Thursday March 11, saying the state has vaccinated more than 1,500 homebound seniors to date.

 

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 Update March 11, 2021

The DOH Leon vaccination team is working with partners and preparing to make adjustments as needed in response to an amended executive order signed by Governor DeSantis.  Executive Order 21-62 lowers eligibility to individuals who are 60 years of age or older for COVID-19 vaccine during this first phase of distribution. Effective March 15, eligible individuals include:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 60 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older

All individuals authorized by law to administer COVID-19 vaccinations may vaccinate persons determined by a physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Such physician determination requires a statement of eligibility form prescribed by the Florida Department of Health. 

Click here for the physician’s form.

 

DOH Leon is postponing its COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday March 13 due to a softening demand from priority groups now eligible for vaccines. The next clinic is scheduled for Tuesday March 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Update March 3, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is working with key community partners to expand our COVID-19 vaccination program in accordance with a new executive order signed by Governor DeSantis this week. 

Executive order 21-47, effective March 3, 2021 expands eligibility requirements to include:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement 50 years of age and older
  • *Persons under 65 deemed medically vulnerable by a physician (form required and shared below)

*Vaccinations for this medically vulnerable group may only be administered by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or licensed pharmacist.


COVID 19 Determination of Extreme Vulnerability.pdf

To preregister for the vaccine visit: https://myvaccine.fl.gov

To register by phone call 866-200-3856

For those requiring TTY access call 833-476-1455.

There is a helpline for Leon County residents with questions about the statewide appointment system. Call 833-540-2054. Phone lines are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Effective March 3, our partners at Florida A & M University are providing vaccines to eligible school personnel, firefighters, and law enforcement officers at the Al Lawson Center. Individuals must bring identification to verify their date of birth and place of employment, such as a badge. The clinic is also continuuing its program of vaccinating seniors who are 65 years of age and older, and health care workers who have direct contact with patients. The free, walkup vaccine site at FAMU is operated by the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health. The clinic is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location is:

  • Alfred Lawson Jr. Multipurpose Center
  • 1800 Wahnish Way
  • Tallahassee, FL 32310

Additional updates on vaccine distribution will be communicated through this website and local media. 

For questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, 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, or visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

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Update February 18, 2021

DOH Leon Schedule COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
Municipal Way Administration Building
2965 Municipal Way
Tallahassee, FL  32304
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2/23/2021  Tuesday: 1st dose Pfizer
2/27/2021  Saturday:  1st and 2nd dose Pfizer
3/02/2021  Tuesday:   1st and 2nd dose Moderna
3/06/2021  Saturday:  2nd dose Moderna, 1st dose Pfizer
3/09/2021  Tuesday:  1st dose Pfizer
3/16/2021  Tuesday:   1st and 2nd dose Pfizer
3/20/2021  Saturday:  1st and 2nd dose Pfizer
3/23/2021  Tuesday:  2nd dose Pfizer
3/27/2021  Saturday:  2nd dose Pfizer
3/30/2021  Tuesday:  1st dose Pfizer
4/03/2021  Saturday:  1st dose Pfizer
4/06/2021  Tuesday:  1st dose Pfizer
4/10/2021  Saturday:  2nd dose Pfizer
Please do not show up at any of our Florida Department of Health locations for a vaccine, or to request an appointment. 
Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
Also, as you await your call and before you arrive for your vaccination, please take some time to reveiw the vaccine sceening and consent form:

 

Please see additional COVID-19 vaccine resources at the bottom of this page.

 

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Update February 1, 2021

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH Leon) is included in the new statewide COVID-19 vaccine pre-registration system announced on Friday, January 30.  At this time, the department is working with our community partners and finalizing plans to transition to the new appointment system.

Although Leon County residents 65 and over can sign up now by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/ it may be weeks before we are able to implement the system and for them to get a vaccine appointment. Those without internet access can register by calling 866-200-3856. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1455.

The changes to come will not impact individuals who have made vaccine requests through the DOH Leon COVID-19 call center or registered a vaccine request online.

People who registered in the DOH Leon system, should have received an automated alert on January 8 letting them know their request for an appointment has been received.  DOH Leon representatives are following up to notify individuals who could not be reached.

If you’ve already requested a vaccine appointment through DOH Leon, you do not need to sign up for the new COVID-19 vaccine appointment waiting list.

DOH Leon Health Officer Claudia Blackburn continues to ask for patience and understanding during this process. “We’re in a situation right now where there are many more who want to get the vaccine —and who are eligible for it— than there is vaccine to meet the need,” Blackburn says. “Our plan in Leon County is continue working with our partners to try to get as much vaccine as we can and administer it as rapidly and as safely as possible."

Please monitor our website for updated information as we phase into the new system: https://leon.floridahealth.gov/

We ask that you read and familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 vaccine screening and consent form before your appointment: COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form

You'll find additonal vaccine resources for your awareness at the bottom of the screen. 

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Update January 26, 2021 

COMMON QUESTIONS: 

I am 65 years old or older, how do I make an appointment to get the COVID-19 Vaccine?

The state has developed a new online pre-registration system for the COVID-19 vaccine, which can be found at https://myvaccine.fl.gov/

As outlined in Executive Order 20 – 315, individuals who are eligible for the vaccine in Florida are outlined below. If someone does not meet these eligibility requirements, they will not be able to pre-register.

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff;
  • Persons 65 years of age and older; and
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.
  • Persons deemed to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 by hospital providers

Those who don't have internet access can call 866-200-3856. For those requiring TTY access, the phone number is 833-476-1455. 

DOH Leon is still finalizing details on how it will transition to the new appointment system.



I completed a vaccine request form through the DOH but have not heard from anyone. What should I do?

Volunteers are actively managing the vaccine request list of individuals who completed a vaccine request form.  Individuals are being notified that they are in the DOH-Leon system and that someone will be calling them in the future to schedule an appointment based on vaccine availability. We are asking our senior community to be patient as we work through the 5,800 people remaining on our COVID-19 vaccine request list. First dose clinics are scheduled based on vaccine and staffing availability.

How can I find the time for my second dose appointment? The website shows the date, but not the time.

You will be notified by an automated telephone or text message and you will be provided specific instructions for the second dose appointment. If you do not confirm receipt of the message and the appointment, someone will call you to give you an appointment time.

How are left-over doses from open vials being distributed?

No doses are wasted. We have a waiting list of individuals from our list who are interested in receiving the vaccine. If the DOH-Leon vaccine clinic has a larger quantity of extra doses, we transfer it to a community partner.

We received a call from DOH acknowledging receipt of our request for a first dose appointment but haven't heard anything since. When can we expect to hear about our first dose appointment?

This is going to take some time. DOH Leon is working with community partners to contact individuals who submitted the vaccine request form in the order that they were received. Due to the extremely high volume of requests, DOH Leon is advising individuals to expect delays. Since you submitted the form and received a confirmation, then you are in our system, and you will be contacted in the future to schedule an appointment based on the availability of vaccine.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I've received two doses of vaccine?

Yes. Not enough information is currently available to say if or when the CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions it will be important for everyone to continue using all of the tools available to help stop the pandemic: Wear a mask over your nose and mouth; Stay at least six feet away from others; Avoid crowds; Avoid poorly ventilated spaces; and Wash hands often.

My second dose appointment for the Pfizer vaccine is not within the 21 day time between doses that was originally recommended by Pfizer. My second dose is 28 days later. Is this acceptable?

Yes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its recommendations on intervals between the first and second dose, and 28 days is within the allowed time line. Up to a six-week time frame between administration of the first and second doses of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are acceptable.

You can read more about the new CDC recommendations here:

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

I am not a resident yet I received the COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. Will non-residents who have appointments for the second shot still be allowed to receive the second dosage?

Yes, even though Florida is now requiring proof of residency to get a shot here, no one will be abandoned. The Florida Department of Health says anyone who got their first dose here is guaranteed their second vaccination here, too.

I am in need of my second dose but do not have an appointment. When will I receive my second dose?

If you received your first dose through DOH Leon, we will contact you to schedule your second dose. Be sure to answer your phone when it rings, as vaccine volunteers will not leave voicemail messages. Volunteers may call from non-850 area codes or may appear as “no caller ID” or as “unknown."

If you did not receive your first dose from DOH-Leon, you will need to get your second dose from wherever you received your first dose, or by some other option.

What happens if I am not able to answer my phone when a vaccine representative calls me?

Even if you're not able to answer your phone when a vaccine volunteer representative calls to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, your name will remain on the master list. Volunteers will periodically call back to attempt to schedule an appointment but will not leave voicemails. So, be sure to answer your phone when it rings if you're waiting for COVID-19 vaccine. 

What side effects are possible after receiving the vaccine?

Please see this page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/expect/after.html

 

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Updated 1-19-2021

 

Thank you for contacting the Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon), and for your interest in the COVID-19 Vaccine.

The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon) is working closely with community partners to fulfill a large waitlist of individuals who have requested an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

At this time priority is given to residents of the State of Florida, 65 years of age and older and health care personnel with direct patient contact as directed in the Governor’s Executive Order 20-315.
There is currently a limited supply of vaccine. We ask for your patience as we vaccinate extremely limited members of the community. We assure you that it is our goal to vaccinate every single person in this county. We are simply working with a very limited supply chain and an extremely large demand.

During the initial vaccine rollout in late December, DOH-Leon received more than 16,000 requests for vaccine appointments. Staff at DOH-Leon and community partners are scheduling appointments as quickly as possible, based on vaccine availability. 

After all of these requests have been fulfilled, future appointments will be made available through a new COVID-19 vaccine appointment scheduling system. Details will be provided as soon as they are finalized. 

Our local vaccine request helpline is currently full and closed for COVID-19 vaccine requests as we work to transition to the new appointment system.

Please do not show up at any of our Florida Department of Health locations for a vaccine, or to request an appointment. 

Please arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment.

Also, as you await your call and before you arrive for your vaccination, please take some time to read the vaccines information and other additional COVID-19 vaccine resources we have provided below.

Additional updates on local vaccine distribution will be communicated through this website: https://leon.floridahealth.gov/  Twitter: @healthyleonfl; Nextdoor; and local media. 

Make sure you speak with your primary care provider to answer any questions you have about the COVID-19 vaccine before you receive it. 

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 or visit floridahealthcovid19.gov.

 

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