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COVID-19 Vaccination Site Now Open At FAMU

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
Photo of one of the many signs marking the entrance to Florida A&M University

Florida A&M University has opened its COVID-19 vaccination site to the public. The site will run seven days a week, between 9 a.m. and noon. The Florida Division of Emergency Management and Leon County Health Department are staffing the facility. It is located at the Lawson Gymnasium at 1800 Wahnish Way.

People 65 and over and healthcare workers with “direct patient contact” will be the first served. The site will start by administering up to 200 vaccines a day. It’s later expected to expand to 400 doses per day as vaccines become more widely available.

Locating the site at FAMU is an effort to even out the racial and ethnic disparities in vaccine distribution.

“This vaccination site is central to our efforts to reach underserved communities at this crucial time,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, in a press release issued by the school. “We are urging those who are eligible to take advantage of this invaluable service. This is an opportunity for our community. This is an opportunity to help save the lives of those we love.”

Those using the FAMU site are asked to bring ID’s to verify their birth date. Walk-ups are welcome though the facility is encouraging people to register for appointments at https://commvax.patientportalfl.com if possible.

“The site is a walk-up site, so the registration will speed things up for someone coming to get the vaccine, but it does not guarantee them the vaccine or give them an appointment to be vaccinated,” said Tanya Tatum, director of FAMU Student Health Services.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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