COVID-19 vaccines available for Manatee County seniors starting Wednesday


BRADENTON, Fla (WFLA) – People ages 65 and older will soon be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Manatee County.

County officials announced Tuesday they have 3,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine available for people 65 and older. Those vaccines will be available to seniors by appointment only starting Wednesday, Dec. 30.

The vaccines will be administered on Wednesday and Thursday outside the Public Safety Complex located at 2101 47th Terrace East in Bradenton. Health officials are asking anyone signed up to stay in their car and follow the signs and cones for the vaccination.

The county plans to vaccinate about 300 people per day for the first two days. The vaccine operations will then switch to Bennett Park on Friday.

In order to get the vaccine, you have to make an appointment on the Manatee County website. The site allows you to select an appointment time and complete a consent form that you will have to bring with you to your appointment along with a registration ticket and valid ID.

Manatee County officials said over 500 residents registered to receive the vaccine during their meeting Tuesday morning. The vaccine page on the county website showed a message Tuesday afternoon warning residents that appointments were filling up quickly.

“Continue to check back as new appointment times will be added,” the message read.

The plans are part of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ push to vaccinate the state’s more than 4 million seniors ages 65 and older, which differs from the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which would prioritize essential workers and those 75 and older.


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