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Tallahassee retirement community among first in U.S. to receive vaccine

Cherry Laurel Holiday Retirement Community receives COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday
Posted at 6:14 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 18:22:06-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Residents in Tallahassee's Cherry Laurel Holiday Retirement Community will be among the first communities in the country to receive the vaccine on Tuesday.

The Tallahassee site is one of seven nationwide locations that have received approval for the first round of vaccinations through the Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care Program.

Organizers will work with the Leon County Department of Health to get more than 75 percent of their residents vaccinated.

"Right now we have 98 residents that live here currently," said Vicki Burch, the general manager at Cherry Laurel Tallahassee. "We have 77 that are signed up to go so we're looking at a good percentage of people that are willing to get the immunizations. They're trusting that people have worked hard putting this together and that it will provide them a safe way to enjoy their lives again."

Those who signed up to receive the vaccine will get it in two doses, taken a few weeks apart.

Vaccinations will begin on December 29 with arranged transportation to and from an off-site clinic.

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