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February 08, 2021


Panama City, Fla.— The Florida Department of Health in Bay County (DOH-Bay), in partnership with the Florida Department of Health, Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bay County Emergency Management, and other community partners are providing COVID-19 vaccination sites. To keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, DOH-Bay will continue to issue this update every week.

County health departments have an important role to play in administering vaccine. Here’s a summary of some of our top efforts February 1 – 7.

  • Offered 500 COVID-19 vaccine appointments at DOH-Bay.
  • Provided nearly 700 second doses of vaccine.

The Florida Department of Health in Bay County continues to fight to protect health and safety as the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine continues. This week DOH-Bay will provide at least 500 vaccines to our community based on doses received. This includes 200 homebound seniors and 300 seniors without Internet capabilities who called for an appointment. We will also provide nearly 800 second doses of vaccine.

The total number of Bay County residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccine is 16,113 with 11,574 persons being seniors 65 and older. The State COVID-19 Vaccine Summary by County is available here.

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. People with questions about COVID-19 vaccines can email We do not have the ability to make appointments through email.

COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Today, Bay County announced that the statewide preregistration system to schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments for individuals 65 and older and frontline health care workers, is now available to Bay County residents.

Individuals can now pre-register for vaccine appointments and be notified when appointments are available in their area by visiting or by calling 866-201-0712. 

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

The Florida Department of Health has created a vaccine locator site at

COVID-19 Data

  • Percent positivity- 14.16% (Week of Jan. 30)
  • Cases in the past 7 days- 880
  • Cases in the past 14 days- 2,203
  • Total positive residents- 16,830

There have been 307 COVID-19 related deaths (2% of all cases) of Bay County residents. Seventeen deaths were confirmed in the past week.

As posted on the Agency for Health Care Administration dashboard, there are 71 persons in Bay County hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. The total number of Bay County Residents who have been hospitalized at some point during their illness is 695 (4% of all cases).

The COVID-19 daily reports continue to be updated daily and the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard also continues to be updated daily. Please find all daily reports here. 

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