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March 07, 2021

Media Contact:
Megan McCarthy

Bushnell, FLA - The purpose of this press release is to update you concerning COVID-19 activities in Sumter County. 

Mass vaccination activities are continuing in Sumter County.  The Sumter County Health Department provided 372 first doses at our event on March 1st, 221 second doses at our event on March 2nd, and 339 doses the vaccination event concluded on March 5th. Unfortunately, a weather forecast of rain postponed vaccination activities on March 3rd. Persons scheduled for March 3rd have been contacted and will be vaccinated on March 15th at the Wildwood Community Center.  Please understand that our vaccination activities are outdoor events and postponements may be necessary if we are not able to reserve an indoor venue in time to notify people of any change in location.

Future vaccination opportunities will still be serviced through the State of Florida wait list at: or by phone at 866-201-7196. Persons registered through the State of Florida wait list will be asked to re-confirm their interest in receiving vaccination via a phone call and/or email. The phone call will come from phone number 352-569-3102. If you receive this call, please answer and reconfirm that you have not yet received your vaccination.

Global Medical Response (GMR) will be moving their vaccination activities to St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church on March 8th.  They plan to start with an offer of 1,200 vaccinations per day, increasing over time to 1,600 vaccinations per day. Additional vaccination providers continue to be added to our list.  Medical providers who wish to sign up to be a COVID-19 vaccination provider, please follow the directions found at this link:

On March 1st, 2021, Governor DeSantis signed an Executive Order expanding the number of people eligible for vaccination ( This executive order authorizes the following groups to be eligible for vaccination:

  • Long-term care facility residents and staff
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Health care personnel with direct patient contact
  • K-12 school employees 50 years of age and older
  • Sworn law enforcement officers 50 years of age and older
  • Firefighters 50 years of age and older
  • Persons deemed by their physician to be extremely vulnerable to COVID-19


Persons who fall under this expanded vaccination eligibility can register through the State of Florida vaccination waiting list online at or by phone at 866-201-7196.

Occupations now covered under this Executive Order will need to provide appropriate identification to show that they are covered under this order. Those individuals who are medically vulnerable and covered under this order will need to provide a hard copy of the medical vulnerability certificate signed by a Florida-licensed physician or Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The certification form may be accessed at:

My office may be reached at 352-569-3102 for any questions regarding this letter. 


Sanford Zelnick D.O., M.S.


Sumter County Health Department


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