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Saturday, November 27, 2021

COVID-19 testing hours changing at First Baptist Church of Ocala

Beginning Monday, November 1, the hours for COVID-19 testing at First Baptist Church of Ocala will change.

Free drive-through testing will now be offered at the church by CovidTestFL.org, a mobile clinical testing service, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CovidTestFL.org offers a diagnostic PCR COVID-19 test that provides results within three days via a text message or an email with a link to results on a web portal. For an additional fee, expedited test results are also available.

For additional details, call CovidTestFL.org at 866-826-8430.

Those seeking a test must enter the church parking lot entrance on SE 30th Avenue. To be tested, individuals need to bring a valid photo ID. Minors under the age of 18 will only be tested if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

People should be prepared to stay inside their vehicles while awaiting testing. Only those who are being tested should be in the vehicle, with the exception of parents, guardians, or caregivers.

COVID-19 testing can also be done at private labs, physicians’ offices, pharmacies, and walk-in clinics throughout Marion County.

Vaccine booster shots were authorized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on October 21. The Department of Health in Marion County recommends that those seeking or considering a booster vaccine first consult their health care provider before obtaining one to determine the best course of action.

The Department of Health in Marion County provides COVID-19 vaccinations by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at its main office (1801 SE 32nd Avenue in Ocala).

To make a vaccination appointment, visit the Department of Health appointment website. Walk-ins are also available. For more information, call 352-644-2590.

For more information on the boosters, and for questions on mixing and matching the boosters, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.