State partners with seven houses of worship across Florida for COVID-19 vaccination site

State partners with seven houses of worship across Florida for COVID-19 vaccination site

SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Seven houses of worship statewide were identified as COVID vaccinations sites following an announcement earlier this week from the governor.

On Monday, Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the Florida Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Department of Health to identify places of worship where the vaccine could be administered. Representatives with the governor’s office in a release on Sunday afternoon said each site will have the capacity to administer 500 doses of the vaccine per day. The release noted that appointment will be scheduled through the places of worship and walk-ups will not be allowed.

There are no locations on the Suncoast yet. Here are the church locations the state announced:

  • Lynn Haven Senior Center 905 Pennsylvania Ave. Lynn Haven, FL 32444
  • New Mount Olive Baptist Church 400 NW 9th Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
  • Koinonia Worship Center 4900 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd Hollywood, FL 33023
  • Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 501 W. Orange Ave. Tallahassee, FL 32310
  • St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church 2504 Chipco St. Tampa, FL 33605
  • St. Bernadette Catholic Church 350 NW California Blvd. Port St. Lucie, FL 34986
  • St. Matthew Baptist Church 3811 Moncrief Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32209

The partnership program is expected to expand as the state continues to receive more doses of the vaccine.

Earlier this week ABC7 asked several churches in the area if they would be open to having distribution sites on their facilities and they said yes. Representative with the Department of Health in Sarasota say they are working to figure out those details but they’ve already had houses of worship in the county reaching out to ask how they can help.

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