Residents Encouraged To Get Vaccine After Requirement Change

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DeLand, FL - Volusia County officials are encouraging eligible residents to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine appointment after a recent change in eligibility requirements.

Those new eligibility requirements—which were announced on Monday—are now in effect, meaning firefighters, law enforcement officers, and K-12 staff over the age of 50 may now receive the vaccine.

Interested individuals who meet the requirements can pre-register for a vaccine appointment at the Volusia County Fairgrounds through the state's website for COVID-19 vaccines.

"Individuals can sign up one time and they'll get a call once there is an appointment available," said Kate Sark, spokesperson for Volusia County.

Residents may also call the state's vaccine hotline at 866-201-7314 to schedule an appointment. Regardless of how you sign up, individuals will receive a call when a vaccine appointment is available.

Upon arrival, residents must provide proof of Florida residency, a state-issued ID and, for those who qualify based on employment, proof of said employment through a work ID or pay stub. 

Vaccination events for first and second dose appointments will be handled on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Friday. According to Sark, Volusia is currently handling about 1,000 first dose appointments daily, while second dose appointments depend on how many were vaccinated 28 days prior.

If you have a question about pre-registration or appointments, be sure to call the state's helpline at 833-540-2077.

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