Below is a Press Release sent to our office today from Nassau County Emergency Management which contains an update about the COVID vaccine.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – 12/31/20
Contact: Dave Richardson
Public Information Officer
Nassau County Emergency Operations Center
Nassau County Emergency Management
Updates COVID-19 Vaccine Plans
Nassau County Director of Emergency Management, Greg Foster, says the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County (DOH-Nassau) has received a very limited supply of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Foster says whilesome other counties have announced programs to make appointments for residents to receive their first shot, it’s because they received larger allotments of vaccine and in many cases the process crashed, either by phone call-ins or on-line.
Foster says Nassau County is attempting to avoid those problems or forcing residents to camp overnight on a first come first serve basis. Nassau County will begin a “ticket” process through EventBright beginning Monday which will allow residents to get a ticket on-line and receive directions by email how to then schedule their appointment and where.
Foster says health care workers with direct patient contact,who have not received a vaccine through their employers,and persons aged 65 years and over can go to www.OneNassau.com, find the COVID VACCINE button,and follow the directions there to begin the process ofmaking their appointment. Supplies, according to Foster, are expected to increase over the next couple of weeks, but may still be in limited allotments. DOH-Nassau will explain to those receiving shots how and when they willreceive their second shot.
Foster says the Nassau County Emergency Operations Center has been deluged with inquiries from residents wanting to know when shots can begin. “We have received fewer doses than some counties, so we have been focused on getting vaccine out to those who are most vulnerable in our community, those most in need, as soon as possible. Now, we can start meeting the guidelines set by the Governor and begin the process of providing vaccines to residents over 65 years old,” which Fosters says makes upabout 23 percent of the county’s population. Foster says that as more vaccine becomes available, more of the general population will be in line to get shots, but cautions everyone to remain patient. “For now, it is a slow process, but we are working diligently get everyone vaccinated.”