ACHD updates testing, vaccination times

The Alachua County Health Department (ACHD) released its updated COVID-19 testing and vaccination times, along with stipulations, on Tuesday.

COVID-19 testing is by appointment only for those who are experiencing symptoms—fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea—and are available at the ACHD’s East Gainesville location at 224 SE 24th St. from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. every day.

Due to high demand, COVID-19 testing at the ACHD is by appointment only and exclusively for those who are ill. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and want to be tested, please call 352-334-8810 to make an appointment.

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COVID-19 vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Vaccination appointments are available by calling 352-334-7910.

“Getting a free COVID-19 vaccination prevents expensive and painful hospitalizations,” ACHD administrator Paul Myers said in a statement. “Getting vaccinated protects yourself, family, friends, and those you come into contact with.”

If you need a COVID-19 test for travel purposes, please call the ACHD’s foreign travel appointment line at 352-334-7910.

For more information, visit the ACHD website.

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