Colony Cove hosts first day of pop-up vaccine site in Ellenton

Seniors receiving first dose of Pfizer vaccine

50,000+ vaccines given in Manatee County

ELLENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - Tuesday was the first day of vaccinations at a new pop-up vaccine site at an expansive senior neighborhood in Ellenton.

Colony Cove is vaccinating anyone who makes an appointment in a three-day vaccination event. The vaccination clinic at the Cove is much like a grassroots effort with the homeowners association, residents and the general manager writing letters and emails to the state, requesting their own vaccine site in the 55-plus neighborhood.

Colony Cove found out Friday the state had granted its request, and scrambled to organize with the state to get 3,500 people vaccinated over the next three days.

Scott Payrits, Colony Cove’s general manager, had some advice for other communities looking to do the same.

“Keep writing the letters, keep sending the emails. If you have an active HOA have them do it as well and hit them on all fronts. I know the state has been great to work with, they’re open to doing more of these, I would just keep at it,” she said.

Payrits says Colony Cove still has limited vaccine appointments left for Thursday. Interested eligable people should come to their Harmony Hall to get registered, while spaces last.

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