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Hernando County seniors begin receiving vaccine today

Thousands of Hernando seniors have inquired about the vaccine, officials say.
Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey.
Florida Department of Health medical workers prepare to give seniors a COVID-19 vaccination in the parking lot of the Gulf View Square Mall in New Port Richey. [ OCTAVIO JONES | Times ]
Published Jan. 4
Updated Jan. 4

HERNANDO — Hernando County residents 65 and older began receiving the coronavirus vaccine this morning, according to the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County.

The vaccines will be administered by appointment only from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Florida Department of Health in Hernando County office at 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. in Spring Hill, said Danielle Taylor, director of nursing for the departments. Appointments were made by phone, but the department is no longer accepting reservations.

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The department has about 100 appointments scheduled each day, Taylor said. All appointments for this week and next are booked, she said.

As of Jan. 2, 1,695 people had been vaccinated in Hernando County, according to the Florida Department of Health, less than 1 percent of the county’s population of 193,920.

“Right now, we have been overwhelmed with the response from the residents of Hernando County who want the vaccine,” Taylor said. “So we are going through thousands and thousands of telephone messages.”

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The department plans to call those residents back, Taylor said, and will move from scheduling appointments over the phone to an online registration portal later this week.

Residents may call 352-540-6800 or visit http://hernando.floridahealth.gov for more information.

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