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Seniors happy with new vaccine access at FSU Civic Center

Posted at 6:14 PM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 18:14:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Shorter wait times and protection from COVID-19 have been a major concern for many seniors throughout the pandemic. Now, seniors in Leon County are finding a new place to get vaccinated after weeks of waiting.

Florida Department of Health is teaming up with Florida State to give out a total of 1,170 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Florida State University Associate Director of Clinical Operations Ryen Pagel said 900 appointments have already been scheduled for those doses. This new site brings some relief for seniors who have been worried about what would happen if they were unable to get the vaccine.

"I have a daughter who's had it in New York. My son's stepmother is in the hospital for the second time with a ventilator. We have several people that we know, acquaintances, that are dead," said John Lawrence, who received his first dose Thursday. "So yeah, of course, I've been concerned. Anybody who has a rational mind would be concerned."

Others like Nancy Mock are looking forward to finally having a sense of normalcy after receiving two doses.

"I haven't been to church or anything outside the house other than get groceries and I had them delivered to the car," said Mock.

Pagel said she's happy that they can provide these vaccines during a time when the supply is so limited across the state.

"Given the challenges involved with putting on an endeavor with this immunization campaign like this, it's incredibly rewarding," said Pagel. "Every single patient is filled with gratitude and is so appreciative for the opportunity to be vaccinated."

The next clinic date at the Civic Center is Monday. If you'd like to get vaccinated, click here for the state pre-registration site.