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January 22, 2021


Panama City, FL— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County has received an allotment of 500 COVID-19 vaccines for the week of January 25. The goal is to complete these vaccinations within the next 7 days. Appointments are now available online at People who are not 65 years of age or older are asked to assist family members, friends or neighbors who may need help with online registration.

Seniors who do not have internet access, have difficulty using the internet or who have no one to assist them with online registration may call the Florida Department of Health Bay County (DOH-Bay) at (850) 872-4455. DOH-Bay’s hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Please know that we are experiencing extremely high call volumes with long wait times. Please reserve our phone lines for persons that have little digital literacy. Alternatively, we ask those that have questions and access to email to write to

The State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees has issued a Public Health Advisory to prioritize vaccines for Florida residents and health care workers providing services with direct patient contact. To read more click here.

A total of 8,959 Bay County residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Of that total 5,829 are seniors age 65 and older. To read the County level vaccine report click here.

Publix is now offering COVID-19 vaccination at all five Bay County locations. To make an appointment, visit

DOH-Bay will continue to announce appointment availability through text and email alerts. Sign-up for alerts by texting ‘bayhealth’ to 888777 or visiting You may also visit

Please remember there are tens of thousands of people trying to register at this time for a limited number of vaccines. This is a historic mass vaccination effort and it is going to take some time to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated. Your patience and understanding are essential and appreciated.

Before Your Appointment

Consent forms for the Moderna vaccine are available at Those making an appointment are encouraged to review the consent information and consult with their healthcare provider before receiving the vaccine. If possible, please print and complete the consent form and bring it to the vaccination appointment. Anyone who has allergic reactions that require an epi pen should bring it to the appointment. The CDC recommends deferring vaccination if you have received another vaccine in the past 14 days.

Second Dose Information

DOH-Bay second doses will be scheduled by phone close to the due date of your dose. If you are not contacted by the due date on your card provided at your appointment, please call (850) 872-4455. Starting this week, persons who receive their first dose will be provided with an appointment for the second dose at the time the first dose is administered.

COVID-19 Vaccines for Healthcare Providers

DOH-Bay is also working to provide vaccine to frontline healthcare workers who are not affiliated with a hospital. Please complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Planning Survey if not receiving the vaccine from a parent company or hospital. Providers should coordinate to ensure that there is only one reply per organization.

COVID-19 Vaccine General Information

While the COVID-19 vaccine is a monumental step toward getting this disease under control in Florida, the department continues to encourage common-sense precautions against the spread of the virus, including frequent hand washing, wearing face masks, maintaining six feet of social distancing and staying home when sick.

As additional vaccine supplies become available and the State provides priority groups for vaccinating, DOH-Bay will follow and share those plans. For the most current information on COVID-19 vaccination plans in Florida, please visit

COVID-19 Testing

To reach maximum capacity for COVID-19 vaccination, DOH-Bay is temporarily suspending testing for COVID-19. If you need a COVID-19 test, please check with your healthcare provider first. Please visit for testing options or see the information below on testing provided by Bay County.

Bay County Testing
Lynn Haven Sports Park, 2201 Recreation Drive

Panama City Sports Park, 50 Chip Seal Parkway
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Criteria: Testing is available to adults over 18 and children ages 5 and up who are accompanied by an adult.
Cost: Free

Test Type: Antigen (rapid in 20 minutes) and PCR
Appointment required. To make an appointment, visit


About the Florida Department of Health 

The Department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @HealthyFla. For more information about the Florida Department of Health, please visit