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COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Gadsden County

Nearly a year after the first reported case of COVID-19 in the United States (the first case being reported on January 19, 2020, in Snohomish County, Washington), several Gadsden County citizens became the recipients of the new vaccine for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Florida Department of Health in Gadsden County conducted their first drive-through vaccine clinic on Wednesday, December 30, with approximately 500 Moderna COVID vaccines being administered to local residents who were aged 65-years or older.

 Gadsden County Commission Chairwoman Brenda Holt receives a COVID vaccination. 

Leading the way for inoculation in Gadsden County were the county’s chairwoman of the county commission, Brenda Holt, and vice-chair, Anthony Viegbesie.

According to Michelle Fedrick, the public information officer at the Gadsden County Department of Health, the December 30 vaccine distribution is just the first of many more to come – although all of the planned distributions will be open only to residents who are age 65 or older.

“Right now, our focus is just on the 65-year-old group and up,” said Fedrick, adding that the department of health has not been presented with a roll-out plan for giving the vaccine to younger age groups and does not know when those under the age limit will be able to receive a vaccination.

Gadsden County Commission vice-chair Anthony Viegbesie (Dr. V.) waits for his turn at taking a COVID vaccination.

Going forward, the Gadsden County Department of Health will issue 200 Moderna vaccines a week, but all residents who are within the allowed age-range and would like to receive a vaccination must pre-register and make an appointment.

In order to make an appointment for your vaccination, call (850) 329-0685.

The phone line is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Ashley Hunter –
Photos Courtesy of the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners Facebook Page