Individuals 50 and up to begin getting vaccinated in Manatee County Tuesday

Sarasota County says it could be another week and a half until individuals there get vaccines
Vaccination Phase 1C includes those who work more than 100 jobs listed on the Centers for...
Vaccination Phase 1C includes those who work more than 100 jobs listed on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website.(WAVE 3 News)
Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 at 6:11 PM EDT
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - COVID-19 vaccination eligibility officially opened to people 50 years old and up Monday. But, if you’re 18 or older, Sarasota County is urging you to register now to get your place in line for a vaccine.

The county says those age 50 and older won’t start getting their vaccines for at least another week, since they’re still vaccinating the 60-to-65 population. But people 50 and older are starting to get their account numbers, which is their place in line, as well as their registration number.

In Manatee County, spokesperson Chloe Conboy says they’re going to begin vaccinating the 50 and older age group as early as Tuesday.

“We encourage anyone who’s over the age of 50 to sign up because it’s going to be a very quick process. As soon as you sign up, probably in the next week or two, you’re going to be getting that call to be vaccinated very soon.”

Manatee County Spokesperson Chloe Conboy

Manatee County officials said they will schedule more than 16,000 appointments this week for adults 50 and up.

This is also the first week that both counties have expanded registration to anyone over the age of 18.

Despite some skepticism, Sarasota County officials said there are more than 26,000 accounts registered to adults 18 and older in their system. And it could be the beginning of a larger turnout.

Both counties are telling the public to not wait to get preregistered.

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