(Gainesville)- Thousands of people 65 and over want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. So many so that health department officials say phone lines, call center, and website are being overwhelmed and not to handle the demand.

Dave Palmer, spokesman for District 2 Public Health in Gainesville said in an email Monday, “we ask that everyone be patient. We understand that everyone is anxious, but everyone who wants the vaccine will be given the opportunity to get vaccinated.”  

According to Palmer currently, there is a limited supply of vaccines available at a small number of providers. But, as more vaccine is shipped to additional enrolled providers, access to appointments will improve over the days and weeks ahead.

District 2 is adding staff to help with vaccine administration and is partnering with other health care providers, colleges, and universities to utilize nursing students, paramedics, and other health care professionals to help vaccinate residents.

Palmer advised they are scheduling special clinics where they can vaccinate larger groups of people at one time. An announcement will be made about these clinics when we have staffing and vaccine on hand. Appointments will be required.

District 2 website www.phdistrict2.org.