Two hospitals in Okaloosa County will receive COVID-19 vaccines early next week

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Two hospitals in Okaloosa County are slated to receive a first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital in Niceville will receive the shipment early next week, according to a statement.

“Knowing that some of the first COVID-19 vaccines are being introduced in our hospitals next week is very exciting. Ensuring that healthcare professionals have access to the COVID-19 vaccine is essential in our fight against the pandemic. We will administer the vaccine to colleagues interested in healthcare in a tiered distribution plan. Based on federal and state guidelines. This tiered system has been created to ensure that people most at risk of contracting COVID-19 have the opportunity to get vaccinated first, ”said Mitch Mongil, CEO of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center.

The release states that although community members may be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine as part of the priority groups designated by the CDC and Florida’s vaccine plans, the hospital will not be a location where the public can get vaccinated.

The statement adds: “Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are currently administering the vaccine to interested fellows only based on the classification system recommended by the CDC.”

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