COVID-19 vaccine town hall scheduled for Monday

Alachua County Commission Chair Ken Cornell will host a one-hour telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, to discuss the safety, efficacy, and distribution of coronavirus vaccines in our community.

Joining Cornell will be Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe, Florida Department of Health Director Paul Myers, University of Florida Senior Vice President for Health Affairs and President of UF Health Dr. David Nelson, North Florida Regional Medical CEO Eric Lawson, and North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Director Tom Wisnieski.

Paul Myers

While counties and cities have no direct role in the vaccine decision-making process, both Alachua County and the City of Gainesville are supporting the state’s effort and working to assist area citizens.

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Residents with landlines who would like to receive an automated call back at the time of the event are encouraged to register in advance through this link. Please note, registration closes three hours before the event.

During the telephone town hall, residents may dial in at 1-888-410-3427 to ask questions, share comments or simply listen in. Spanish speakers are invited to call 1-844-881-1317.

The telephone town hall event, and live American Sign Language interpretation, will be livestreamed on the County’s and City’s Facebook pages and websites, and on COX Cable Channel 12.

For more information, contact Communications Director Mark Sexton at 352-264-5204.

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