Levy County opens vaccine registration

Reservations for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are now open to Levy County residents age 65 and older.

Florida Department of Health (FDOH) made the announcement Monday and directed residents to its office in Levy County for registration.

The phone number to make reservations is 352-486-5300. Levy County Emergency Management warned the line may appear to be busy or not working due to high call volume. It encouraged residents to try again, if an initial attempt is unsuccessful.

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Levy County Emergency Management posted the consent form to its website, allowing those with a vaccine reservation to fill it out before arriving in person.

FDOH is not charging for the vaccine and said insurance information is not necessary.

So far Levy County has documented 1,830 positive COVID-19 cases, including 494 considered active cases.

Late Monday the University of Florida announced it would begin administering both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines to faculty and staff who are 65 or older. According to a university press release, more than 1,100 UF employees qualify, including President Kent Fuchs, who will receive his first shot this week.

The announcements come on the same day Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis took actions to ensure more vaccines reach the people who want and need them. According to numbers released by the state, only about half of the vaccine doses delivered to Florida have actually been administered. DeSantis said if that doesn’t change hospitals may see their vaccine allotments lowered on future shipments.

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