Tallahassee, FL

Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey Answers Questions

Angela L. Dowdy

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Seriousness Fused with Fun

As I walked into the elevator at City Hall, I was both nervous and excited in anticipation of my first meeting with the mayor. Would he be pompous or subdued? Would he be phony or inept? It turns out that he is none of those things! In fact, we chatted so comfortably in his office. I felt honored. I felt proud. I felt patriotic. John Dailey is a good man who has a strong commitment to the great future of Tallahassee.

What is a clear and simple way to explain your job?

My job as Mayor is to be sure that our municipal services are doing all we can to improve the quality of life for all residents of Florida’s state capital.

How do you feel about your job?

It is very rewarding to truly be able to help solve the problems and concerns of citizens. Every day is completely different and has a mix of seriousness and fun. I appreciate those I work with and the wide variety of local people that I am privileged to meet. I am aware of my own deficiecies and my great team is always ready and willing to assist.

I listen with unconditional respect.

How do you handle the difficult parts of your position?

I listen to all people with unconditional respect. I know that respect can move mountains and bring about transformational change.

How do you feel about Tallahassee?

I grew up here and really love it. I attended FSU and love Seminoles football. Tallahassee is unique and fun and has so much natural beauty. It is the seventh largest municipality in Florida, yet still has an excellent small-town charm. It is a great place for education and also a premiere retirement destination.

Could you say a little about other travel destinations you have seen or would like to see?

I have had great times in London and in Costa Rica. I have backpacked across Ethiopia and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Eventually I hope to travel to all seven continents.

Are you passionate about any particular activities or hobbies?

Food, art, and music are important to me because they fuel the mind, body, and spirit. My wife is from Louisiana and has introduced me to lots of great Cajun food. For physical activity I like hiking or playing squash. Reading helps me to relax. I also love to play Legos with my two sons.

Mayor John Dailey and writer Angela Dowdy

What makes you an exuberant person?

I have a good philosophy of life. It is crucial to pay serious attention to the important things. It is even more necessary to stay upbeat and positive. And it is absolutely essential to have fun.

Do you have any message that the world needs to hear?

Yes! Let’s all take a deep breath, stay calm, and smile. These are unusual times, but we are all going to make it through this together. Now, here is the latest Covid-19 information that I wish to share:

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

In an effort to keep the community informed about the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, I am sharing the following information from the Leon County Health Department. We will share more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, you can contact the Leon County Health Department using the information below.

COVID-19 vaccinations are being administered to the following populations during this initial phase

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff.
  • Persons 65 years of age or older.
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact.

Appointments are required to be vaccinated at the Leon County Health Department.

How will I know that my Request Form has been received?
Once the Request Form is submitted, you will receive an automated confirmation. This means you have been placed on a list to be called for an appointment.

Does the Request Form guarantee a COVID-19 vaccination appointment?
A submitted Request Form confirms you are in our system to be contacted for an appointment.

Improvements to our COVID-19 vaccine request process are coming soon. DOH-Leon is working with our partners at the Leon County Emergency Management office to deploy an automated system to call back the thousands of individuals who are waiting for updates on their status.

In support of the health department, County Emergency Management will use its mass notification system to make all those aware who have registered for vaccines aware that their application has been received. DOH-Leon anticipates the message going out in the next few days to more than 14,000 applicants to confirm registration.

We are working on a strategy to stop the online request for vaccine appointments system. This will be done in anticipation of a new scheduling program to increase our efficiency. We will honor all who have previously submitted vaccination request forms before transitioning to the new system.

When will the Department of Health contact me?
Calls for appointments are being made in the order Request Forms are received. Expect a delay due to the number of Request Forms we have received.

Where is the site for the health department’s vaccination clinic?
Leon County Health Department 2965 Municipal Way Tallahassee, FL 32304 There will be signs, traffic control and people to guide you through the drive through process at your appointment time.

Will I have to leave my vehicle to receive my vaccination?
You will remain in your vehicle while being screened and vaccinated. Expect the process from the moment you enter the site to exiting the process to take 30-40 minutes.

How will I know when it’s time for me to receive the second dose of vaccine?
When you receive your first appointment, your second dose appointment will be given at the same time. Maximum protection is achieved after the second dose of the same brand.

There is a chance you might not have been given a second appointment or you may have forgotten the date. If this is the case, please email LeonCHD.Feedback@flhealth.gov type "Second Dose" in the Subject Line. In the body of the email, put your name, date of first dose and brand of the vaccine. You will be emailed an appointment for the second dose.

Will I absolutely receive a second dose?
The federal government and its suppliers have assured us there will be enough for a second dose of the same manufacturer brand for those who received the first dose. 

Can I receive a vaccine from my primary care physician?
The Leon County Health Department encourages you to stay in communication with your personal physician as they may receive vaccine and may be able to serve you while you await your appointment for the second dose.

ARE THERE ANY FREE TESTING LOCATIONS?

FAMU COVID19 Testing Site | Free | 8am-5pm | Bragg Memorial Stadium

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Mayor John Dailey of Tallahassee is everything a man should be. He loves his family, his job, his town, and his constituents. He knows how to mix seriousness and fun. He is very approachable. He knows how to make a positive and lasting impression.

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