January 19, 2021
The following information was sent to LW Smith today, in response to his inquiry.
Thank you for reaching out to the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County about your questions and concerns relating to COVID-19.
At this time, The Florida Dept of Health in Okeechobee County is only giving COVID-19 vaccines at the health department.
There is always a possibility of a large pod where a drive thru may be scheduled, but at this time we are capable of administering all the vaccines we are receiving in one to two days.
The governor is connecting with other entities, like Publix and some faith-based organizations, to add other vaccination sites.
Updated information is on our website, http://okeechobee.floridahealth.gov.
At this time, we will be taking COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 starting at 8am until all slots are filled both on the phones and in person.
As more COVID-19 vaccine arrives at the health department, we will be making more appointments. Please check on the website at this link http://okeechobee.floridahealth.gov/index.html
for information on appointment availability. It will be listed under Press Releases on the right hand side of the website. Please know that we are making every effort to inform the public as soon as the information is available.
If you wish to call the Okeechobee-CHD at (863)462-5800,
8 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be a message on there every day with an update to the vaccine appointments.
Okeechobee County has placed signs in front of the building on the street that will have the information on the next available time for making appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine every time more vaccine arrives. These two new signs address the status of the vaccine appointments which will offer an opportunity to drive by and read the signs, or park and read the sign without getting out of the vehicle.
The Okeechobee County Emergency Management has been giving information via their social media outlets on the internet.
There is no wait list. There is no availability to make appointments on-line at this writing of this email for Okeechobee County.
Anyone 65 years of age or older, or a licensed health care provider, may call the Department of Health in Okeechobee at (863) 462-5800. Press 1 for clinic to schedule an appointment when more appointments are available. Appointments are first come first served basis. If you receive a busy signal, all the phones are in use with other callers. We understand the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine and the call volume is high. Please understand that we are working to provide the community with the vaccine as soon as we receive it.
DOH-Okeechobee will also be taking appointments, in person at the Health Department when more appointments become available. You must have a legal form of identification that has your name, date of birth and your photo to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
If you wish to call the Okeechobee-CHD at (863)462-5800, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. there will be a message on there, every day, with an update to the vaccine appointments.
After receiving an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine at the Florida Department of Health Department in Okeechobee County, please remember to bring your legal identification with your picture, date of birth and legal name. On our website, http://okeechobee.floridahealth.gov/ , you can print out the paperwork needed for the appointment if you wish to do before you arrive, or we will provide the paperwork at the time of your appointment and you can fill it out at your appointed time. Please remember to continue COVID-19 mitigation strategies, such as keeping a distance of 6ft apart while waiting in line, and wearing a mask as we are still fighting to stop the spread of COVID-19.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to view our website at http://okeechobee.floridahealth.gov/ or https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/
There is also a COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 at +1 (866) 779-6121 or email COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
After you have received your first vaccine, it is your responsibility to get your second dose. You do not have to get your second dose in Okeechobee County. You may call the health department one week before you are due for your second injection of the vaccine to make an appointment. At your first appointment you will be given information on which vaccine manufacturer produced the vaccine given to you. If it requires a second dose for full protection, you will need to make sure you are getting your second dose of the same vaccine manufacturer.
I hope this answers all your questions.
Health Educator Consultant
Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County