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Leon County clinics now hiring extra help for COVID-19 vaccine distributions

Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 17:24:38-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — Leon County's two-week positivity rate is at 5.23 percent, right where the Leon County Department of Health says it should be. Now the Leon County Department of Health working to bring the number of positive cases down to under five percent.

At Tallahassee Memorial healthcare, 20 people are in the hospital right now with COVID-19. At Capital Regional, that number is slightly higher at 33. It's a steady decline that Tallahassee Memorial Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrea Friall says is a relief to health care workers.

"We had hospitalizations over 50 persons inpatient, which was a big number. coming off of that hump over the holidays and we're in the 20s. our doctors, nurses, staff can take a breather," said Dr. Friall.

While those cases go down, there's now an even greater focus on vaccinations.

"Our ultimate goal is to get people vaccinated. We're on the hospital side and we want to reduce hospitalizations. We've seen the trend. Especially after big events, holidays, etc.," she said.

To get more people vaccinated, it's going to take more people stepping up to help. The Leon County Health Department, Neighborhood Medical Clinic, and Bond Community Health all searching for people to join their teams.

"If we open up vaccinations to the general population, then we're going to need more staff. I'll definitely need all hands on deck; registration staff, parking staff, I'll need clinical support," said Dr. Faye Tinson with Bond Community Health.

Those places are now looking for people with varying backgrounds to provide help ranging from scheduling to traffic control.

"A high school diploma or you know some college, basically able to read and write and following instructions and love dealing with people that they don't know and diverse populations," said Dr. Tinson.

All three clinics have jobs posted on their websites right now.