Bennett Park new home for COVID-19 vaccination site in Manatee County


BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) -The COVID-19 vaccine distribution site in Manatee County has moved from the public safety center to Bennett Park.

County leaders say the park will be closed temporarily for the site.

Effective December 31st, we will be temporarily closing Tom Bennett Park to facilitate drive-through distribution of...

Posted by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

On Friday, the Florida Department of Health in Manatee, Manatee County Government leaders, and Manatee County Public safety helped open the appointment only site. County leaders say around 600 doses of the vaccine were administered.

The move to Bennett Park was announced on Tuesday during a press conference. The park allows for the county to have a larger facility for the drive-through vaccines and the fifteen minute observation area.

The county received 3,500 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week.

“As soon as we can get it, as soon as we can mobilize it into the community. Depends on how much we get at a time but there’s a certain amount that we can distribute but we also need additional partners in the future to distribute this stuff as well,” said the Manatee County Deputy County Administrator, John Osborne.

Osborne says new appointment spots will likely open on Monday. He says it all depends on the vaccine shipments. You can visit this website to get more information on how to get the vaccine.

When we asked county leaders why it was important to continue vaccinations and open up a new and larger location on Friday, which is a holiday, they said it’s there community and they want to help it.

“It’s actually quite humbling to be a part of the solution to this problem that we’ve all been dealing with for the last nine months. So we’re all extremely motivated, honored and happy to be out here helping the community rid ourselves of COVID-19,” the Manatee County EMS District Chief, Zachary Molnar.

Next week county commissioners will meet to begin talking logistics on opening up more sites across the county.

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