JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Dowell County will begin administering the Modern COVID-19 vaccine Monday to those over 65 and older and healthcare workers who were able to get an appointment.
A phone line that was opened to book an appointment on Wednesday was confused and failed to connect the vast majority of people who were frustrated and outraged. When sched online scheduling went live on Thursday evening, it took less than 90 minutes to fill out the rest of this week’s appointments.
The vaccine will be given at the Prime Minister’s Osborne Convention Center, and 500 appointments were scheduled for Monday. The department hopes to make about a thousand appointments every day over time. These vaccines are free and will require a second dose to be as effective as possible.
The health department provided this information to vaccinators:
- All individuals are required to wear a face mask at all times and practice social distance during the appointment.
- You will need to show an ID issued by the government.
- No restrooms available for use during the appointment.
- Walk-ins will not be allowed.
Officials hope the appointment requirement will limit the lines and waiting time for each person. Filling out the consent form (available online) will also speed up the process.
Seven lanes will be arranged for people to arrive at the appointed time to get vaccinated. Then they have to wait 15 minutes to make sure there are no adverse reactions. Health care workers will be there to monitor those people.
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Many people who were able to book online online appointments hoped to receive a confirmation email or text confirmation, but Samantha Epstein with the Department of Health said it would not happen, although they are working to make the process more efficient.
“We understand that there are some questions and concerns about the appointment online appointment system. We want to thank the community for their patience as we continue to work to make this process more efficient, ”he wrote to News4Jacks on Friday.
He added this note about the booking appointment, which he hopes to reopen this week:
- We have noticed that people make a lot of appointments online. Please do not do this as it takes the system into the bog and takes the slot away from others over time.
- Be sure to select the date and time before you submit your form. If a date / time slot is not available on the form, do not submit the form. If you submit a form without a date / time slot, the form will be discarded and you will not have an appointment.
- You will see a confirmation message (pop-up) after the appointment is set. You will not receive a confirmation email. Please take a screenshot of the confirmation message to keep your records, although vaccination is not required.
Appointment link – jax. Ready will be at op.com/fs/4cc6/8521 – duval.floridahealth.gov. People will be asked to enter their name, email, phone number and date of birth to book their time. No insurance information required.
Anyone 65 years of age or older and a health care worker who has not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine can get the first dose of the vaccine in Duval County. There is no residency requirement, although people are encouraged to get vaccinated in the county where they live.
“This vaccine is not limited by boundaries. It is provided by the federal government, ”Paul said. Pauline Roll, medical executive director of the state Department of Health in Dowell County. “We’re giving it away for free, and with that, even if you’re not a Duval resident, you can be vaccinated by us, but please keep in mind that other counties will start their vaccination efforts, so we encourage people We do. To vaccinate in their own counties but certainly, we will serve anyone from any of the counties. “
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