Local hospitals expected to receive shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines early next week

Frontline healthcare workers will have the opportunity to receive vaccination

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital is scheduled to receive their first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines early next week.

“Knowing that some of the first COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered at our hospitals next week is very exciting,” said Mitch Mongell, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. “Ensuring healthcare professionals have access to the COVID-19 vaccine is essential in our fight against the pandemic. We will administer the vaccine to interested healthcare colleagues in a tiered distribution plan based on federal and state guidance. This tiered system was established to better ensure those most at risk for COVID-19 exposure have the opportunity to receive the vaccine first.”

Although members of the general public may be eligible to receive the vaccine as a member of the priority groups established by the CDC and Florida’s vaccine plans, at this time, our hospitals will not be sites where members of the public can come to receive a vaccination. Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are currently administering the vaccine only to interested colleagues based on the CDC recommended tiering system.

According to a press release from FWBMC, if a member of the community feels they may currently qualify, it is best for them to speak to their healthcare provider or reach out to the local health department.

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