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Leon County awaits arrival of Moderna vaccine at long-term healthcare facilities

Vaccine could arrive as early as next week
Posted at 11:08 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 14:32:29-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Hope is on the way in the form of vaccines.

After months of waiting, the Moderna vaccine will make it's way to Leon County.

"I want everyone to get theirs as soon as they can," Gordy Cox said.

Cox lives in Leon County; he says he's anxious to get the vaccine.

"I'd love to find out what my timeline looks like," said Cox.

The timeline for the most vulnerable in Leon will be sooner than expected as 2,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine are set to arrive as early as next week, thanks to a COVID-19 vaccine distribution pilot program.

County Commissioner Carolyn Cummings says the county department of health will take the lead, implementing their plan.

"Right now, the target group is our health care facilities, those workers, and our older individuals," said Cummings.

When the vaccine arrives, paramedic teams will administer it.

The Moderna vaccine requires two doses, the initial dose and the second one month later.

"The arrival of the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines in Leon County gives us an extraordinary opportunity to protect the most vulnerable residents and health care workers who have been hit especially hard by the pandemic as well as those who provide them," Claudia Blackburn with the Leon County Department of Health said in a statement.

The plans for full distribution are not complete, but people in the county say they don't mind the wait.

"Right now, I'm grateful for any option," said Cox.

DOH says as time goes on, there will be more options for vaccinations. As of right now, they are only expecting the Moderna vaccine in Leon County.