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Vaccine distribution, testing options expand in Leon County

Posted at 6:03 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 18:37:24-05

LEON COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — More people will soon have access to vaccines as Leon County works out a new scheduling system on their website.

Right now, DOH is not accepting any new appointments while they work on the new update. In the meantime, Bethel AME is hosting a vaccine clinic for seniors Sunday, January 7.

It's part of the governor's initiative to give access to people in under-served communities.

The distribution will be by appointment only. To make an appointment, call (850) 222-8440.

So far, the Leon County Department of Health has administered more than 1,900 vaccines.

In addition to its Moderna allotment, DOH also received 4,800 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

It's still not enough to keep up with the demand. Right now, more than 14,000 people are on DOH's list, waiting to be vaccinated.

Seniors at Red Hills Village Retirement Resort got some peace of mind Thursday when it comes to protecting themselves from COVID-19. DOH stopped by to administer 143 people with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Bill May was among that number. He said he hopes to convince others to get their doses too when they become available.

"It only took a few minutes to take the shot, which I didn't even feel," said May. "We should all get it. Like I said before, to protect each other. We're in this together."

As vaccines slowly roll out, testing for the virus expands across Tallahassee.

Mayor John Dailey was on site Thursday morning at the opening of the new CDR Health test site. It's the first private site to open in the city.

"We cannot have enough testing," said Dailey. "We want more community partners. There's a role for the city to play, the county to play, non-profits to play, and the private sector."

CDR Health CEO Tina Vidal-Duart said the hope is to cut down on wait times and give people more options for testing, which could prove crucial this flu season.

"Everybody's going to continue to get the flu and cold and all these other things that are going to exhibit the same symptoms as COVID so we wanted to open up a place easy and convenient to go to."

CDR Health is giving away the first 100 PCR tests for free. Appointments are not required.