Local health departments releasing COVID-19 vaccine plans

Registered nurse Cynthia Banada holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Miami Jewish...
Registered nurse Cynthia Banada holds a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Miami Jewish Health, a senior healthcare facility, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in Miami.(Lynne Sladky | AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Published: Dec. 30, 2020 at 12:44 PM CST
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida counties are releasing plans on how to vaccinate the general public against COVID-19, including our area.

Here are the plans we’ve found released in our area. We will continue to update this list as we learn more from each county.

Bay County -

The Bay County Health Department announced it is working to provide vaccinations to front-line healthcare workers not affiliated with hospitals and people who are 65 or older. These vaccines are from the initial vaccines provided.

The health department will have an online registration process and vaccinations will be by appointment only.

Heather Kretzer, the Public Information Officer for the Bay County Health Department, says additional details are forthcoming.

On Thursday, the health department added to its website a form that can be filled out to receive the vaccine, but the online registration process has not been published.

Okaloosa County -

UPDATE: Okaloosa County health officials say the drive-thru vaccination clinic on January 6th has now filled up.

The Okaloosa County Health Department is offering drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment only to adults who are 65 and older. The first vaccination clinic will be January 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Northwest Florida State College’s Niceville campus.

The health department’s website says appointments are made on a first come, first serve basis. Appointments can be made by calling 850-344-0566 Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. They say phone lines may have delays due to high call volume. Additional open vaccination clinics, which health officials say will not require appointments, may be available in the future based on vaccine availability.

For more information on Okaloosa County’s vaccination plans, click here.

Walton County -

UPDATE 1/4/21: Due to high call volumes across the state, the Walton County Health Department has changed it’s appointment line to 850-892-8392.

The Walton County Health Department released its plans for distributing vaccines to first responders and seniors 65 and older.

Health officials say the COVID-19 vaccines will be given out by appointment only. To make an appointment, a phone line will open January 4th. You can schedule it by calling 850-401-6453.

The vaccinations will be at the Coastal Branch clinic at 361 Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach. The appointments will be Wednesday, January 6th; Friday, January 8th; Wednesday, January 13th; and Friday, January 15th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Health officials say further immunizations will be scheduled after these initial dates as vaccine supplies allow.

They say there is no charge for the vaccine administration.

Washington County -

The Washington County Health Department began administering vaccines Tuesday to those 65 and older. Health officials tell us no appointment is necessary, just come to the Old High School in Chipley on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Holmes County -

Holmes County health official started distributing the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday. There is no need to set up an appointment, just come to the Holmes County Annex on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Jackson County -

The Jackson County Health Department started vaccinating elderly 65 or older Tuesday. To set up an appointment, call 850-526-2412.

Calhoun County -

No vaccine plan available at this time.

Gulf County -

No vaccine plan available at this time.

Franklin County -

No vaccine plan available at this time.

Liberty County -

No vaccine plan available at this time.

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