SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine in Sarasota have been disappearing as quickly as they have opened up. Viewers tell ABC7 that today’s appointments were also gone quickly.
Sarasota Memorial Hospital is partnering with the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Sarasota to administer thousands of COVID-19 vaccinations to community members age 65 and older at a special immunization event taking place this weekend at SMH.
SMH is using its own supply of the Moderna vaccine to inoculate at least 3,000 people 65 and older on Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10, in the hospital auditorium. The SMH health care team, including its pharmacists, nurses, clinicians and support staff, will administer the vaccine.
“We have led efforts to fight COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. Now, it’s a great privilege to play a leading role in distributing the vaccine and helping our federal, state and community partners protect this vulnerable population and defeat COVID-19,” said David Verinder, president and CEO of Sarasota Memorial Health Care System.
To be eligible, you must be at least 65 years old and remain in Sarasota County to receive your second-round shot 28 days after your first vaccination. SMH will schedule a follow-up event to administer a second dose to everyone who receives a vaccination at this weekend’s event.
Appointments appear to have gone in less than an hour. Here’s what those who successfully obtained an appointment need to do.
Download and complete the Department of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Screening and Consent Form and bring it to your appointment in order to be vaccinated.
Bring your consent form, registration ticket and a valid ID to your appointment.
• Reserved parking will be available in the hospital’s adjacent Waldemere Garage. Public Safety personnel will confirm your registration and help direct you to a designated parking space in the garage. Parking is limited – we ask that individuals arrive for their designated appointment no more than 15 minutes before their appointment slot.
• Take the A elevator to the first floor. Masks are required and will be provided at the entrance if needed. Greeters will take your temperature and direct you through the check-in process. Do not show up for your appointment if you have any symptoms of illness.
• Please wear a sleeveless top or shirt with loose-fitting sleeves to give nurses access to your upper arm/shoulder (as there will be no privacy screens available).
• Those with limited mobility should bring their own walker or wheelchair.
• This event is reserved for seniors age 65 and older. Separate vaccination centers are available for SMH employees and physicians.