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Flagler County Begins Vaccine Distribution for Residents Over 65

By Gretchen Smith

January 04, 2021

January 4, 2021 — The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County and Flagler County Emergency Management today announced plans for public distribution of COVID-19 vaccine to seniors ages 65 and older.

According to Heath Officer Robert Snyder, vaccinations will be available for anyone ages 65 and older beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, January 5. Appointments are required and will be limited by the number of available doses. Appointments can be made online today after 1 p.m. by visiting www.flaglercounty.org, and clicking on the COVID-19 link. Those without Internet access can call 386-313-4200.

The best way to receive updates about COVID-19 vaccination appointment availability and testing, is to text "FlaglerCOVID" to 888-777.

“The most efficient way to schedule an appointment will be through our website. Only if you do not have access to the Internet, do we suggest calling the call center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday,” Emergency Management Director Jonathan Lord said. “Once all of the available doses are accounted for, we will stop accepting appointments. We will re-open the process after the Florida Department of Health-Flagler receives additional vaccine.”

Once you have an appointment, the vaccination will take place at the Flagler County Fairgrounds, 150 Sawgrass Road, Bunnell. Drivers are asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment, follow the prompts provided on site, and remain in their vehicles unless asked to leave them by staff.

Health care workers and anyone ages 65 and older may register for an appointment, and will need to make another appointment 28 days later to receive their second round of the Moderna vaccine.

“There are no special accommodations for patients with preexisting conditions at this time,” Snyder said. “We are required to follow the guidelines established by Gov. Ron DeSantis.”

COVID-19 testing will continue weekdays between 1:30 and 3 p.m. at the site across from 120 Airport Road. These are not rapid tests and results are available in two to three days. No reservations are necessary.

Residents interested in being tested should note that there are other locations in Flagler County that provide COVID-19 testing, including two Mediquick locations, CentraCare and CVS Pharmacies. Please confirm with each site in advance as most require appointments for COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 health-related questions should be directed to a health care provider or the Florida Health hotline at 866-779-6121. Additional information can be found at floridahealthcovid19.gov/.

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