Vaccinations delivered to you! Health officials bring COVID-19 vaccine to workplaces

Tom McLaughlin
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — If Okaloosa County residents won't go to the Department of Health to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the Department of Health will come to them.

Agency officials announced this week that they are partnering with Health Hero Florida to provide vaccinations at individual worksites.

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The initiative, which will be implemented across the state, was scheduled to kick off in Okaloosa County on Friday morning at the Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce office. The kickoff event had to be postponed, however businesses can still began scheduling vaccination visits immediately.

Plans call for representatives from Health Hero Florida to visit various workplaces and administer the Pfizer vaccine to anyone who wants to receive it. The group will return 21 days after providing the first shots to give the second one. The vaccine can be given to anyone 16 years old or older. 

Work staff, family members, colleagues and even friends are welcome to participate in the free workplace immunization program.

Health Hero Florida has "extensive experience with providing vaccination services," a news release from the Health Department said. It has been administering flu vaccines in schools across the state, and since 2011 has successfully immunized over 1 million students.

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For information or to sign up for the program, county residents are asked to contact PreparedOkaloosa@flhealth.gov. Some basic information, to include a contact name, email address and phone number are required. A business can contact Health Hero FL directly by emailing Ren Weise at Ren.Weise@healthheroflorida.com. 

Health Hero Florida will respond for the same business at multiple locations to administer the vaccine. 

"We are excited to provide another venue to assist your employees in achieving access to the COVID-19 vaccine within your workplace," Okaloosa County Health Department Director Dr. Karen Chapman said in the news release.

Vaccine shots will be offered at workplaces across Florida through a partnership of the Florida Department of Health and Health Hero  Florida.