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Okaloosa COVID vaccine: Next round of DOH vaccine registrations begins at noon

Kevin Robinson
Northwest Florida Daily News

FORT WALTON BEACH — Beginning at noon today, people aged 65 and above can begin scheduling appointments for the next round of COVID-19 vaccinations through the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County.

Registration will open at noon Wednesday, Jan. 13, both online and for scheduling over the phone. Appointments must be made in advance. Anyone born in January 1956 or earlier and non-hospital health care workers with direct patient contact are eligible for a vaccine appointment.

Mary Norris receives the first of her Moderna vaccines at a drive-up COVID-19 vaccination site at Northwest Florida State College.

To make an appointment online, visit the visit the Online Booking Portal at eventbrite.com or myokaloosa.com/bcc/covid-19/vaccine. Google Chrome is the recommended browser for using the Eventbrite website.

DOH-Okaloosa encourages people to register online. Callers might experience delays, dropped calls and busy signals because of high call volume. Those who choose to register by phone can schedule their appointment at 850-344-0566.

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Because of high demand, tickets online might be marked "sold" before a user's registration is completed. Completed orders display an order number and users will receive a confirmation email. Tickets also are available by phone until sold out.

Citizens are asked not to call to schedule an appointment before noon. Appointments cannot be made via email, and appointments are non-transferable.

The upcoming slate of vaccination clinics are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, Jan. 14  8-11:45 a.m., DOH-Okaloosa Fort Walton Beach, 221 Hospital Drive N.E., Fort Walton Beach
  • Friday, Jan. 15  8-11:45 a.m., DOH-Okaloosa Fort Walton Beach, 221 Hospital Drive N.E., Fort Walton Beach
  • Tuesday, Jan. 19  8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., DOH-Okaloosa Fort Walton Beach, 221 Hospital Drive N.E., Fort Walton Beach

More:Publix to begin offering vaccinations to seniors in Okaloosa and Walton

Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a press conference Tuesday morning at the Publix in Niceville, where he announced a partnership with the grocery store chain to begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors locally.

As an alternative to being vaccinated through the Florida Department of Health, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that Publix locations in Okaloosa, Walton, Santa Rosa, Bay and Escambia counties will offer vaccinations, by appointment only, to residents of the respective counties age 65 and older.

Information on how to register for a vaccination through Publix is available at publix.com/covid-vaccine.

Gov. Ron DeSantis walks with representatives from Publix grocery during a press conference Tuesday morning at  the Publix in Niceville, DeSantis   was there to announce a partnership with the grocery store chain to begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to seniors locally.