Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, FL - Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital has started administering the FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine to frontline caregivers and staff, according to the state and federal prioritization guidelines.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital are well prepared to administer vaccinations on a widespread basis. Clinical operations teams have developed a comprehensive plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations that includes storage, scheduling and an administration process. Prioritized colleagues have signed up, in advance, for a specific time and location to receive vaccine. COVID-19 patient caregivers and other frontline support staff are the first to receive vaccine.

“Healthcare worker vaccination is a positive step toward controlling this global pandemic,” says Robert Kiskaddon, MD, Fort Walton Beach Medical Center's chief medical officer. “Until the vaccine is available for everyone who wants it, it is vital that the community continue to protect themselves and their loved ones with the scientifically proven safety measures of wearing a mask, washing hands frequently and socially distancing. Only by continuing to remain vigilant will we be able to save more lives as we continue to fight this pandemic.”

While COVID-19 vaccination is not required for Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and Twin Cities Hospital colleagues, infectious disease experts including those at the CDC are strongly encouraging vaccination as a critical step to protect individuals from this coronavirus.

For now, it is too early to know when more vaccines will be approved, or when we may have additional guidance around vaccine availability for our patients and community. Stay informed about vaccination developments, including those specific to our health network, on our COVID-19 Resource Hub.