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Tallahassee Fire Department adds more staff, increases COVID-19 vaccine efforts

Posted at 7:43 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 19:43:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — It's been a community effort getting seniors vaccinated.

The Tallahassee Fire Department has added around 10 extra staff members to help draw vaccines, check paperwork and even administer those shots.

With more staffing, the department can now administer 200 vaccinations an hour, which has helped in vaccinating 24,000 of Leon County residents.

Division Chief Mike Hadden said he's impressed with the work the fire and health department has done to help immunize Leon County.

"I think scheduling has improved significantly," said Hadden. "I think the work the health department is doing, the Tallahassee Fire Department, Leon County EMS is working really well together. We have a very smooth process and I believe as more vaccines is given out to pharmacies and doctors offices, we're only going to see more efficiency and vaccine go out to our residents.

Hadden was also able to get his second dose of the Moderna vaccine under the Emergency Use Act as a medical first responder.

On Jan. 28 another 1,200 seniors are expected to get their second dose of the Moderna Vaccine at the fire department.