Hello, everyone! We would like to pass along some information from the Okaloosa County Department of Health regarding upcoming vaccination clinics. Please see their email below.
Good afternoon, community partners!
I wanted to make sure you are all aware of three upcoming vaccination drive-thru clinics. Appointments are required for this vaccination clinic and will not be scheduled on-site. Anyone born in January 1956 or earlier and non-hospital health care workers with direct patient contact are eligible for a vaccine appointment. Appointment scheduling for these clinics will open on Thursday, January 7, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. No appointments will be made before that time.
To make an appointment, please visit myokaloosa.com/bcc/covid-19 to register online or call 850-344-0566 to register by phone. We encourage people to register online. Please note: callers may experience delays, dropped calls, and busy signals due to high call volume. We appreciate your patience!
The full press release details below.
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County (DOH-Okaloosa) is partnering with Okaloosa County Emergency Medical Services and local fire departments to begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only to adults ages 65 and older and non-hospital health care workers with direct patient contact.
Appointments are required for this vaccination clinic and will not be scheduled on-site. Do not arrive at the vaccination site without an appointment. Anyone born in January 1956 or earlier and non-hospital health care workers with direct patient contact are eligible for a vaccine appointment.
Appointments must be made in advance. To make an appointment visit myokaloosa.com/bcc/covid-19 to register online or by calling 850-344-0566. We encourage people to register online. Please note callers may experience delays, dropped calls, and busy signals due to high call volume.
Registration will open at noon on Thursday, January 7, 2021, both online and for scheduling over the phone. These slots fill up quickly but please be assured as we receive more vaccine, we will have additional vaccination clinics. Please do not call to schedule an appointment before this time. Appointments are unable to be made through email.
We will issue an update once vaccination slots have been filled. As vaccination events and details are finalized, DOH – Okaloosa will release more information on vaccination events.
Individuals receiving the vaccine must complete a vaccine screening and consent form to confirm eligibility. These are available on our website. For those that cannot access the forms in advance, a paper copy will be provided at your appointment time. A valid government-issued ID must be shown at the vaccination site. This can include a passport, driver’s license or military identification card. Non-hospital health care workers with direct patient contact are required to show their badge. People will also need to bring their registration confirmation number.
The appointment-only vaccination clinic will be drive-thru only, and all individuals will remain in their vehicle for the duration of the clinic. Individuals receiving the vaccine are asked to wear short-sleeve shirts and remove any jackets/coats when arriving.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises individuals to be monitored for at least 15 minutes after receiving the vaccine. Individuals will be directed to a waiting area to park and should plan accordingly.
The vaccination provided will be the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine for Monday, January 11, 2021, and Wednesday, January 13, 2021. A second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine is required 28 days after the first dose. This dose will be scheduled at the first dose appointment. This vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization.
The vaccination provided on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, will be the Pfizer- BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. A second dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine is required 21 days after the first dose. This dose will be scheduled at the first dose appointment. This vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration under an Emergency Use Authorization.
According to data released by the Food and Drug Administration, the vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer- BioNTech are highly protective for adults and prevents severe cases of COVID-19. 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 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.
Updates will be added to the DOH-Okaloosa website, www.HealthyOkaloosa.com. Information about the statewide vaccination distribution plan can be found on the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.
More Information on COVID-19
To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, please visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website, this website is also available in Spanish and Creole. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, please visit the travel advisory website.
For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVIDemail@example.com.
Sydney Harper, MS, MCHES®
Community Health Improvement Planning Branch Director
Florida Department of Health
221 Hospital Dr. NE, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Mission: To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts.
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