COVID-19 vaccine plan: Nassau County launching wait list for appointments

COVID-19 vaccine plan: Nassau County launching wait list for appointments
A worker receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shot at Franciscan Health Crown Point, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Crown Point, Ind. Region hospitals are providing shots to frontline healthcare workers as the vaccine is being initially distributed in the area. (Kale Wilk/The Times via AP) (Kale Wilk)

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. — The Nassau County Emergency Operations Center released new information about an update to the process of making an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine:

In an attempt to improve the COVID-19 vaccination appointment process and lessen the level of frustration for county residents, the Nassau Board of County Commissioners have approved a waitlist procedure that uses the existing Eventbrite booking website utilized by Nassau County Emergency Management to set appointments for the Florida Department of Health in Nassau County to receive a vaccination.

Emergency Management Director Greg Foster says a plan to create a waitlist of as many targeted priority members, mostly those 65 and over, will allow residents to add their names to the waitlist without having to compete for ‘first on the list’ in a very short period of time.

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“We booked appointments last week and learned very quickly the level of frustration people were experiencing trying to be first online to get an appointment when we had so few vaccines available in Nassau County. The first day we had 100 vaccine appointments available. They were booked in the first three minutes. The next day we had 400 vaccine appointments available. They were booked in one minute. We have developed a system to allow residents to add their name to a waitlist that does not require them to click their browser multiple times at a very specific time to try to get an appointment. Residents will have tomorrow, Friday (January 15th) through next Tuesday (January 19th) to register an individual’s name on the waitlist. Foster says residents can take their time and register online by still going to and click on the COVID VACCINE button. That will take them to Eventbrite where they can get on the waitlist. This system will use software that picks those on the waitlist randomly, according to Foster, when vaccine becomes available.”

Vaccination appointments booked last week are being administered this week as scheduled. However, no additional appointments were made this week because Nassau County did not receive additional vaccine allotments. Many other counties in Florida also did not receive vaccine shipments this week.

Once vaccine is available in Nassau County, probably next week according to the Florida Department of Emergency Management, Foster says, the Emergency Operations Center will post on all our social media platforms that residents should watch their emails for a message from Eventbrite to see if they have been randomly selected to book an appointment. They will then be instructed to click on a link on that email to claim their ticket. After that they then can call (904) 548-0900 to book their appointment, at what time and where. Foster says residents can begin adding their name to the waitlist anytime after 9 a.m. tomorrow.