Student receiving COVID-19 vaccine shot

A Buchholz High School student receives a shot at a recent on-campus clinic. 

A month after Gov. Ron DeSantis opened up COVID-19 vaccine access to any adult in the state, the Florida Department of Health in Alachua County has adopted something of a "flood the zone approach" to its vaccination campaign.

With demand slowing, the health department is taking the vaccine into the community with a series of free vaccination clinics in Gainesville this week. None require an appointment, and each one is open to Florida residents 16 years of age or older.  

Announced times and locations are as follows: 

  • May 4: Celebration United Methodist Church (9501 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer vaccine only)
  • May 5: Trinity United Methodist Church Worship Center (4000 N.W. 53rd Ave, Gainesville) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer vaccine only) 
  • May 6: Celebration United Methodist Church (9501 SW Archer Rd., Gainesville) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Pfizer vaccine only)
  • May 7: Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center (1028 NE 14th St., Gainesville) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Pfizer and Moderna vaccines)

Those under age 18 can only receive the Pfizer vaccine and must have a guardian present at the time of vaccination. All participants must bring proof of residency.

The health department asks that all participants fill out the necessary forms in advance of the event. For more information visit the Alachua County health department's website.

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