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COVID-19 Update for Leon County

By Pamela Saulsby

January 04, 2021

DOH-Leon COVID-19 Community Update 

Leon County Health Department 

COVID-19 Daily Update - Monday, January 4, 2021 



Tallahassee, FL--- The Florida Department of Health in Leon County (DOH-Leon) and its partners are working together to distribute the vaccine in our community.  COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered under guidance from the Florida Department of Health. Executive Order 20-315 directs us to focus on the following populations during this initial phase: 

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Persons 65 years of age and older.
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.


To enhance public understanding, here are the latest key points: If you are age 65 or older, you may be vaccinated through the Leon County Health Department or your physician as vaccine is available: 



  • The Leon County Health Department has been refining its program.
  • Appointments are required to be vaccinated at the Leon County Health Department.
  • Request for an appointment for those 65 and over can be done through this link: 


Some Frequently Asked Questions: 


How will I know that my Request Form has been received? 

Once the Request Form is submitted, you will receive an automated confirmation.  This means you have been placed on a list to be called for an appointment. 


Does the Request Form guarantee a COVID-19 vaccination appointment? 

A submitted Request Form confirms you are in our system to be contacted for an appointment.  


When will the Department of Health contact me? 

Calls for appointments are being made in the order Request Forms are received. Expect a delay due to the number of Request Forms we have received.   


Where is the site for the health department’s vaccination clinic? 

Leon County Health Department 

2965 Municipal Way 

Tallahassee, FL 32304 


There will be signs, traffic control and people to guide you through the drive-through process at your appointment time.  


Will I have to leave my vehicle to receive my vaccination? 

You will remain in your vehicle while being screened and vaccinated. Expect the process from the moment you enter the site to exiting the process to take 30-40 minutes. 


How will I know when it’s time for me to receive the second dose of vaccine? 

When you receive your first appointment, your second dose appointment will be given at the same time. Maximum protection is achieved after the second dose of the same brand.  


There is a chance you might not have been given a second appointment or you may have forgotten the date. If this is the case, please email  type Second Dose in the Subject Line. In the body of the email, put your name, date of first dose and brand of the vaccine. You will be emailed an appointment for the second dose.  


Will I absolutely receive a second dose? 

The federal government and its suppliers have assured us there will be enough for a second dose of the same manufacturer brand for those who received the first dose.  


Can I receive a vaccine from my primary care physician? 

The Leon County Health Department encourages you to stay in communication with your personal physician as they may receive vaccine and may be able to serve you while you await your appointment for the second dose. 


Additional Information and Resources: 


Many individuals 65 years of age and over have submitted Request Forms.  As you await your call and before you arrive for your vaccination, please download, print, and complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form, at the following link on our home page:  This is preferred but not required.  Filling out this form before you arrive will save time for you and for other recipients 


As additional doses are made available, the age 65+ program will be significantly amplified, and vaccinations will be provided to the general population in a coordinated, orderly and efficient manner.  


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends that people who are vaccinated continue to wear masks in public, socially distance and avoid crowds to protect themselves and others around them. 


If you have received the Moderna vaccine, a fact sheet of what to expect before, during and after the vaccination can be found here: 


If you have received the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, a fact sheet of what to expect before, during and after the vaccination can be found here: 


Learn more on the importance of getting a vaccine here: 


Please keep checking back with us, as the information shared here will be updated on a regular basis, including details on future vaccination clinics. 


To learn more about COVID-19 vaccines, visit the Department of Health’s website at



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Pamela Saulsby | Public Information Officer