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Health officials stress booster shots, vaccines as COVID-19 case numbers dive in Marion County

The Department of Health in Marion County continues to offer the third shot of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to Marion County’s immunocompromised residents, as well as booster shots for qualified residents.

“We are making every effort to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available to every resident who needs them,” said Department of Health in Marion County Administrator Mark Lander. “We want our community to be able to easily take advantage of these safe and effective vaccines.”

Third shots and booster appointments are available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays at the department’s Ocala facility, which is located at 1801 SE 32nd Avenue. Those shots are for immunocompromised residents who are eligible for a third Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna shot, and for residents who are eligible for the Pfizer booster. To sign up for an appointment online, visit the Make Marion Florida Vaccinated webpage.

Immunocompromised individuals may discuss with their health care provider whether getting a third dose is appropriate for them. Individuals can self-attest that they are immunocompromised and receive the additional dose wherever vaccines are offered.

COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are available for Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine recipients who completed their initial series at least 6 months ago and are 65 years and older, over the age of 18 and who live in long-term care settings, have underlying medical conditions, work in high-risk settings, or live in high-risk settings.

The department provides COVID-19 vaccinations Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. at its main office (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala) by appointment. Walk-ins are also available. To make a vaccination appointment or obtain more information, visit the Marion County vaccination website or call 352-644-2590.

For additional questions or information, visit the Florida Department of Health in Marion County website.