Flagler County COVID-19 vaccine appointments fill up in 10 minutes

Vaccinations for seniors to begin Tuesday

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The Florida Department of Health in Flagler County and Flagler County Emergency Management on Monday announced plans to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to people age 65 and older.

According to Health Officer Robert Snyder, vaccinations will be available for seniors beginning Tuesday.

Appointments are required and will be limited by the number of available doses. Seniors could make appointments online after 1 p.m. Monday by visiting www.flaglercounty.org and clicking on the COVID-19 link. Those without internet access could call 386-313-4200. According to the county, all appointments were booked up in 10 minutes.

The county said 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 before the appointments were filled. “Once all of the available doses are accounted for, we will stop accepting appointments. We will reopen 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 at 150 Sawgrass Road in 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 age 65 and older could 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 p.m. 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/.