Rural areas wait for more vaccine

Posted 1/14/21

The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) offices in Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties did not receive any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine...

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Rural areas wait for more vaccine


OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Health (FDOH) offices in Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades counties did not receive any doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, leaving residents waiting for even the chance to make an appointment.

Statewide, as of Jan. 13, Florida had vaccinated 646,327 people with the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine and 61,151 with the second dose.

According to the FDOH vaccinations through Jan. 12, as reported by 12:05 a.m. on Jan. 13 included:
• Collier County, 10,918 vaccinated with first dose, 135 vaccinated with second dose;
• Glades County, 420 vaccinated with first dose; none vaccinated with second dose;
• Hendry County, 1,170 vaccinated with first dose, one person vaccinated with second dose;
• Martin County, 5,761 vaccinated with first dose, 173 vaccinated with second dose;

• Okeechobee County, 961 vaccinated with first dose, three vaccinated with second dose;
• Palm Beach County, 51,466 vaccinated with first dose, 1,204 vaccinated with second dose.

How to make an appointment
There is no standard in Florida for making vaccination appointments. The state has left this up to each county’s health department. Anyone who meets the criteria (those over the age of 65 and health care professionals) may make an appointment at any vaccination clinic. There are no residency requirements.

• Collier County: Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine will be made via Eventbrite. Please visit or by going to

• Glades County: When more vaccine is available, vaccinations will be by appointment and will be available at the Glades County Health Department, 1021 Health Park Drive, Moore Haven, 863-946-0707. Glades County residents are advised to go online to for the consent form that must be filled out and brought to the health department to check in for the appointment.

• Hendry County: When additional vaccine doses are available, more appointment times will be available. Those who are on the vaccination appointment wait list, will receive a call from the Hendry County Health Department when a appointment becomes available. If you have an appointment, please remember to fill out the vaccination consent form prior to your appointment at

• Highlands County: Vaccines will continue to be administered on an appointment-only basis at the Point Of Distribution (POD) at Lakeshore Mall, 901 U.S. 27 North, in Sebring. To register for an appointment or put your name on the waiting list, go online to and follow the link.

• Lee County: New reservations will open as vaccines are received by the Florida Department of Health. For updates go online to

• Martin County: To request a vaccination and schedule an appointment, please call 772-221-4000 and select Option 3, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit to find more information and resources about COVID-19.

• Okeechobee County: For announcements regarding future appointments, watch the health department website,

• Palm Beach County: Palm Beach County is vaccinating about 500 people per day. Appointments for vaccinations can only be requested by sending an email to Please remember to include your name, phone number, and date of birth. All emails are being received and logged and senders will be contacted in order with further instructions as appointment slots and options become available.

• St. Lucie County: Register with Alert St. Lucie ( to be notified when vaccines are available.

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