JACKSONVILLE, Fla .– UF Health has announced the passing of Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr., CEO of UF Health Jacksonville.
Dr Haley was UF Health’s first black CEO.
He played a central role in the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccine in Jacksonville, particularly in the black community.
Dr Haley became the first person vaccinated in Florida against COVID-19 in December of last year.
He said that by receiving the vaccine he wanted to help black people who are reluctant to get the vaccine.
Dr Haley supported black religious leaders and helped tell the people of Back that science is safe for them to get vaccinated.
Action News Jax just spoke with Dr Haley on Friday July 23 during a community health briefing that discussed vaccination rates, vaccine reluctance and COVID-19 variants.
Details of his death were not disclosed.
UF Health made the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of UF Health Jacksonville CEO Leon L. Haley Jr. Dr. Haley was a strong and inspiring leader and a beloved son, father, friend and colleague. We ask you to keep his family in your prayers tonight and in the days to come.
We do not have specific details on his death at this time. We ask that you respect the privacy of Dr. Haley’s family, friends and colleagues at UF Health.
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.
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