By Susan Hardee Steger
January 4, 2020
During a special meeting of the Nassau County Board of County Commissioners, Dr. Ngo-Seidel from the Florida Department of Health and Greg Foster, from Nassau County Emergency Management updated the commission on the launch of Nassau County’s vaccine process.
Today, Nassau County Emergency Management (NCEM) began its vaccine efforts for individuals 65 and older. Within minutes, the available appointments were booked.
Since more vaccines are expected, the opportunity to schedule another appointment could be available tomorrow. For individuals with cell phones, the easiest way to be notified of the next appointment opening is to text the number 888777 and place in the message area the word, NassauSafe A response will follow. Once appointments are again opened, you will receive an update.
Nassau County’s E-Appointment system for appointment scheduling through event-brite was developed after reaching out to various counties of similar size, some of which had begun the vaccine process. This system avoids some of the pitfalls of other roll-outs, said Foster. Information provided by Dr Seidel, indicated 95% of residents in Nassau County have availability to technology and use it. Dr Seidel encouraged individuals to offer help to those who might need assistant with the e-appointment system. This is the preferred method of scheduling an appointment.
Once the appointment system is again opened, a Citizens Information Center at the NCEM facility is available to arrange appointments by calling 904-548-0900. Only those 65 and older should call for appointment scheduling. The information center is in need of volunteers, especially individuals with a medical license and background. Please call 904-491-7550 if you can offer assistance.