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Governor DeSantis designated eight initial “pilot” counties to distribute vaccines on behalf of the State, and Seminole was one of these chosen counties

From the Seminole County Newsroom

To date, Seminole County in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Seminole County have dispensed 2,000 of the initial 8,100 doses of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine received from the State of Florida. Remaining doses will be administered in the community in accordance with the Governor’s prioritized population list. Governor Ron DeSantis designated eight initial “pilot” counties to distribute vaccines on behalf of the State, Seminole being one of these counties, allowing Seminole County’s Vaccine Site to be the first county-operated point-of-distribution open to the public in Florida.

Expanding criteria at vaccine site to non-hospital healthcare workers

Criteria for county vaccine distribution has been expanded to include non-hospital heath care workers.

At present, all appointments are filled at the Seminole County Vaccine Site. When additional appointments become available, non-hospital healthcare workers along with individuals age 65 and older may register. Proof of healthcare employment will be required upon check-in at the Vaccine Site for anyone under age 65 in order to receive the vaccine. A government-issued ID should match the proof of employment. Proof of employment can include a work identification badge or paystub from healthcare employer.

Residency restrictions lifted for all counties

Covid-19 vaccines are assets of the federal government that were transferred to the State of Florida for administration to its citizens. Per the State of Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, counties that are in receipt of the vaccine must dispense vaccines to any member public, regardless of residency. This includes both out-of-county and out-of-state residents age 65 and older along with non-hospital healthcare workers.

Approximately 87% of the appointments booked to date have been reserved by Seminole County residents.

Vaccine demand

The County opened registration for a second week of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine appointments at 11:00a.m. on Monday, December 28. The extreme demand for the vaccine resulted the fulfillment of 3,000 appointments in less than one hour.

Seminole County measured a 52% increase in text alert registrations and received nearly 1,000 phone calls on December 28 alone. Seminole County Emergency Management has tripled staffing at the Citizen’s Information Hotline as well as website server capacity to manage the dramatic increase in calls and web traffic. More than 800 emails were received via the County’s web inquiry platform on the 28th; each inquiry has received a response.

Seminole County has requested additional doses of Moderna and/or Pfizer vaccines from the State of Florida Emergency Operations Center. Once the State grants the request and the second allocation of vaccine doses are guaranteed, additional appointments will be made available beyond January 9.

All determinations related to the vaccine priority list have been made by the State of Florida. Seminole County continues to work closely with the State’s Department of Emergency Management to provide continued clarity to our residents with respect to the vaccine priority list and future vaccine points of distribution.

Clearance letters no longer required

Physician clearance letters are no longer required for individuals responding affirmatively to screening questions. However, individuals receiving the vaccine should consult their physician if they have concerns; a signed waiver is required to receive the vaccine. Waivers can be downloaded from PrepareSeminole.org to expedite on-site check-in; paper waivers will be available at appointment check-in, as well.

Text notifications

Individuals should register for text alerts to be notified of appointment availability and/or expansion of criteria by texting COVID19INFO to 888-777; this is the first way the County will notify individuals regarding additional appointments. Seminole County has produced a “how-to” video explaining how to register for text messages:

Stay informed

Find details regarding Seminole County’s Vaccine Site here: https://www.seminolecountyfl.gov/departments-services/county-managers-office/prepare-seminole/emergencyevent.stml/#vaccine

For additional information, call 407-665-0000 (Monday-Friday, 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., excluding New Year’s Day).

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