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CFO Jimmy Patronis gets first COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Apr. 6, 2021 at 6:55 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2021 at 12:50 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis received his COVID-19 vaccine in Tallahassee Tuesday morning.

The clinic, which the Leon County Health Department operated, was at the Tallahassee Fire Training facility where personnel are administering about 1,300 vaccines per day. Patronis highlighted the role firefighters and EMTs are playing in this fight against the pandemic, as they support Leon DOH’s vaccination efforts.

Division Chief Mike Hadden told WCTV that local first responders have been working since October of last year on what the best plan was to get as many people vaccinated as possible.

Local firefighters, EMS and police have partnered with Leon DOH to operate vaccine clinics out of the fire training facility since December, and so far, they’ve administered more than 23,000 vaccines.

Leon DOH says it uses both its properties and the training facility on Municipal Way to better handle the traffic flow and overall logistics for its drive-through vaccine operation.

Patronis said that before Florida had its first positive COVID-19 case in Feb. 2020, he toured the state, and what he found was that firefighters and EMTs were ready.

“The one thing that I was surprised to learn was how well prepared our first responders were as they had pandemic training embedded in the curriculum when they train to learn their job. So from day one, these men and women have been prepared to handle this mission,” said Patronis.

Right now, the training facility offers the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, but it is working to get one-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccines once they become available.

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