MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Martin County began making appointments Tuesday for people who are 65 and older, health care providers, and first responders to get the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the system appears to be running into some issues on Tuesday.
Officials said the hotline is experiencing extremely high call volume with many people unable to reach an operator.
A health department spokesperson said they are at capacity for next week and not taking any more new appointments for now. The health department is updating its voicemail to reflect the change.
Martin Health booked and scheduled more than 500 appointments Tuesday.
The health department said they will update its website as soon as it resumes taking appointments
People who are 65 and older, health care providers, and first responders can call 772-221-4000, option No. 3, to make an appointment to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting next week.
The health department says they are already receiving extremely high call volume so you may have to wait or call back. They are closed Thursday and Friday this week so you may want to get your appointment booked today or tomorrow @WPTV— Meghan McRoberts (@MeghanWPTV) December 29, 2020
The Florida Department of Health in Martin County said it will offer appointments as long as the COVID-19 vaccine supply is available.
In the coming weeks, the vaccine will also be available at doctor’s offices and pharmacies in Martin County, according to officials.
For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine in Martin County, click here.
The Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County also began making appointments on Tuesday for people who are 65 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. However, the hotline quickly became overwhelmed with calls and stopped working.