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Marion County health officials reminding immunocompromised of opportunities to receive third shot

Marion County health officials are reminding immunocompromised residents across the county that there are opportunities to receive a third COVID-19 vaccine shot.

The Department of Health in Marion County issued the reminder through a press release on Wednesday.

“We want to ensure that our vulnerable residents have the best possible protection from the virus that causes COVID-19,” said Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander.

Lander says the county is making the third shot “as available as possible” to give the community access to this critical prevention tool.

The department is providing third Pfizer and Moderna shots to Marion County’s immunocompromised residents at multiple locations including Liberty Middle School and the Ocala Department of Health main facility.

Appointments will be scheduled for this Saturday, September 18 at the school, which is located at 4773 SW 95th Street in Ocala. Appointments will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Residents can sign up by visiting the Marion County COVID-19 Vaccine website.

Appointments at the main facility, which is located at 1801 SE 32nd Avenue, are available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Residents can sign up here.

There is currently no additional shot available for immunocompromised people who have received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, according to the release.

Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine booster shot by visiting the CDC COVID-19 booster webpage.

The department also provides walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. at its main office. Appointments are also available at the main office Monday through Friday. To make a vaccination appointment or obtain more information, call 352-644-2590.

The department has partnered with Marion County Public Schools to provide COVID-19 vaccinations at schools throughout the county. No appointment is needed to receive vaccinations at these school locations:

Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Vanguard High School (7 NW 28th St., Ocala)

Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Greenway Elementary School (207 Midway Road, Ocala)

Tuesday, Sept. 21, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Belleview Middle School (10500 SE 36th Ave., Belleview)

Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 3 to 6 p.m. at Fort McCoy School (16160 NE Highway 315, Fort McCoy)

Tuesday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 6 p.m. at East Marion Elementary School (14550 NE 14th St. Road, Silver Springs)

Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Dunnellon Middle School (21005 Chestnut St., Dunnellon)

Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks (365 Marion Oaks Drive, Ocala)