Florida Department of Health's Amy Grimm vaccinates Monroe County Fire Rescue Chief James Callahan as the first demonstration of how to administer the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

FLORIDA KEYS — By the end of next week, the Florida Department of Health will launch a website and a call center that allows persons older than 65 years of age to register for the COVID-19 vaccine.

At this time, the department's Monroe County office has not yet received any additional doses other than the initial 1,300 that are being used for first responders, healthcare professionals with direct patient contact and people 65 years of age or older. The department has already immunized 1,000 individuals with the remaining 300 allocated for the rest of the healthcare professionals who work directly with patients in Monroe County.

To date, 866 Monroe County residents have been vaccinated. Second doses of the vaccine are reserved for those who received their first dose in Monroe County. DOH-Monroe has been administering the Moderna vaccine. 

Walk-ins and congregating outside of any health department facility will not be allowed as this increases the opportunity for person-to-person transmission of the virus. Contact information will not be collected or kept by the department for anyone requesting the vaccine in person at these facilities, as well as via the phone and by email.

Monitor for updates. These updates, along with the website and hotline for vaccine registrations, are anticipated to be up and running by Friday, Jan. 15.

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