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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY HIGHLIGHTS RECENT EFFORTS IN PROVIDING COVID-19 VACCINE

By FDOH-Escambia

January 12, 2021

Pensacola, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) is taking part in COVID-19 vaccination efforts that prioritize Moderna immunizations for medical providers at high-risk for COVID-19 exposure and persons 65 years of age or older. We are following the guidance from the Governor’s Executive Order and the DOH State Health Office’s vaccination plan.

As of Monday, January 11, 2021, FDOH-Escambia has distributed 2,760 doses of the Moderna vaccine to our community.

FDOH-Escambia is coordinating vaccine administration with community partners and local health care providers. During the week of January 4, 2021, FDOH-Escambia held one onsite vaccination at an older adult independent living facility and three pop-up vaccination clinics at the Fairfield Drive health department building. Approximately, 1,200 individuals were vaccinated during these appointment-only events.

FDOH-Escambia is continuing to work with community partners to plan additional vaccination events as supply permits. As vaccination events and details are finalized, FDOH-Escambia will release more information on the events. COVID-19 vaccines from other manufacturers may be available for use at later dates as supplies reach Florida.

FDOH-Escambia is requesting individuals 65 years of age and older, who are interested in getting vaccinated, fill out the COVID-19 Vaccination Request Form. The online form is being used for FDOH-Escambia’s vaccination planning and further communication efforts; it does not guarantee an appointment for vaccination. Please do not walk-in or call the FDOH-Escambia appointment line for the COVID-19 vaccine. If you need assistance with the online form, please call (850) 595-6500 option 6.

At this time, FDOH-Escambia’s COVID-19 vaccination appointments have reached capacity. Each form submission includes a time stamp, which will be taken into consideration when scheduling appointments. When vaccine supply becomes available, FDOH-Escambia staff will resume scheduling appointments. We also encourage residents to take advantage of opportunities offered through other partners to get vaccinated and to follow us on Twitter at @healthyescambia for vaccine updates and new information.

The COVID-19 vaccine is a monumental step toward getting this disease under control in Florida, but the department is still encouraging residents and visitors to take all precautions to protect themselves and others from the spread of the virus.These include frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, maintaining six feet of social distancing, and staying home if you are feeling sick.

For information about FDOH-Escambia and COVID-19, visit escambia.floridahealth.gov or follow us on Twitter at @healthyescambia.

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About the Florida Department of Health

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

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